Finally, after keeping silent for several months, Kerala Police today arrested bishop Franco Mulakkal for allegedly raping a nun multiple times between 2014 and 2016.
With this, Mulakkal has become the first Indian Catholic bishop to be arrested in a case of sexual abuse against a nun. The arrest was made this afternoon in Kochi. He was being interrogated by the police for the past three days.
Franco Mulakkal is posted at the Jalandhar Diocese and he allegedly raped the nun during official visits to Kerala. He has been relieved of his duties at the Jalandhar Diocese.
Before arresting the bishop, the police recorded a fresh statement of the nun who has accused him of rape. They also sought clarifications on some evidences. The Kerala police Franco Mulakkal for the third consecutive day over allegations rape levelled by a nun against him.
The police have sought legal opinion as to whether Mulakkal, whose anticipatory bail plea is pending before the high court, can be arrested before his petition is disposed of.
In June, the nun from the Missionaries of Jesus made a police complaint against the congregation’s patron bishop Mulakkal, of raping her and subjecting her to unnatural sex on multiple occasions over two years since May 2014. A case was registered by the Kottayam police on June 28.