A nun, who has accused a Roman Catholic Bishop of raping her has sought the urgent intervention of Vatican to do justice to her and victims like her. She dashed a letter to the Vatican representative in India alleging that the clergyman was using “political and money power” to bury the case even as the Kerala government assured “justice will be done”.
In her letter, she also sought to explain her silence before coming out against the bishop and said she had “tremendous fear and shame” and wondered why the church was “closing its eyes towards the truth”. The letter was addressed to Giambattista Diquattro, the Apostolic Nuncio to India and Nepal, who is an ambassador to the Pope.
Already the nun from Kerala sent shock waves across the country when she filed an FIR against Bishop Franco Mulakkal of the Roman Catholic Diocese (Jalandhar) for allegedly raping her over a dozen times between 2014 and 2016. The nun accused the bishop of raping her on several occasions when he used to visit Kerala for official work. The case gained traction after the media reported the matter, and an investigation was launched under public pressure.
Responding to the nun’s letter, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, president of the Catholics Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) as well as Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conference, has promised that he will try his best to raise the incident with the Pope.Cardinal Gracias, who is currently in Rome, is already a part of Council of Cardinal Advisers (C9) to the Pope.
Meanwhile, the Catholics Bishops’ Conference of India said that if Bishop Mulakkal was found guilty, they would definitely take action.As the issue snowballed with continuing protests seeking action against Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar diocese in Punjab, senior Kerala minister E P Jayarajan rejected allegations of attempts to sabotage the case and asserted that the probe was proceeding in the “right direction.” “A very strong investigation is being carried out in the case. It is proceeding in the right direction. No accused would be allowed to escape the clutches of the law,” he added.
On the otherhand, bishop Franco Mulakkal, who is accused of raping the nun, denied all allegations against him and called the rape case a conspiracy against the Church.