MLA George slammed for shaming Kerala nun

Saul Bowman
September 12, 2018

Many nuns protested against the Bishop outside the Kochi High Court on Saturday when they realised that neither the church nor the government would support them.

In early August, one PIL was filed seeking arrest of the Bishop. They alleged that the police probing the case was trying to sabotage the investigation. "A very strong investigation is being carried out in the case".

The nun's family, along with five of her mates from the convent at Kottayam, where she was repeatedly raped and abused, are meanwhile on a hunger strike demanding the bishop's arrest.

"The Church leadership should seriously address the allegations raised by the nun", he said.

PC George, an Independent MLA, said, "No one has doubt that the nun is a prostitute". That is why we thought of conducting this protest.

In the September 8 letter, a copy of which is available with the media, she alleged that the bishop and his associates were luring people to take a stand supportive of them by assuring them properties and other forms of wealth. "Investigation should be completed quickly and the culprits should be given punishment as prescribed in the law", he told reporters in Kochi. If the accused would have been a layman, then they would have arrested him easily.

As per a report from ANI, the nun also described the ordeal she allegedly went through at the hands of the bishop, as well as the trauma that she has been facing ever since she spoke about the abuse.

"I beg the Church authorities to kindly make a speedy enquiry about this case and remove Bishop Franco from his responsibilities as the spiritual leader of the diocese", the nun said. The court asked the government to respond by Thursday after senior public prosecutor Suman Chakravarthy sought two days' time to get instructions in the matter.Two PILs filed by George Vattukulam, president of Malayala Vedi, through advocate Joseph Rony Jose and Ramapuram-based Kerala Catholic Church Reformation Movement through advocate Sandhya Raju were heard by the court. The nun wondered why the Church was closing its eyes to the "truth when I have mustered courage". However, he belongs to higher authority and has money.

Copies of the letter were sent to 21 others, including Cardinal Oswald Gracias and Delhi Metropolitan Archbishop, Anil Couto. If I am found guilty, they must initiate action against me.

Terming the allegations against him as "serious", the bishop said only three persons knew the truth.

The congregation also questioned the allegations against the priest.

"At this moment, whatever is going on is not justifiable".

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