Another Kerala nun accuses former Bishop Franco Mulakkal of sexual abuse
In a shocking revelation, another Kerala nun has issued a statement to the police alleging that she was physically abused by former Bishop of Jalandhar, Franco Mulakkal. The second nun's statement was issued before the police as she is the 14th witness in the case against Mulakkal, where he is now out on bail.
Kochi: A Kerala nun has come to the fore alleging sexual abuse against former Bishop of Jalandhar, Franco Mulakkal. The former Bishop is already out on bail in a case involving a nun, who was allegedly sexually abused between 2014 and 2016.
The second nun's statement was issued before the police as she is the 14th witness in the case against Mulakkal, where he is now out on bail.
While giving a statement to the police, the nun said that the former Bishop used to make video calls to her and talk about sex.
She also said that once she was summoned to a convent in Kerala and he grossly misbehaved with her. It is alleged that Mulakkal had forcefully kissed and hugged her. The police have not registered a case over this allegation, as there is no complaint from the nun.
Franco Mulakkal, who happens to be a Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Jalandhar, faces charges of raping a 44-year-old nun at a guest house in Kuravilangad in May 2014 and subsequent sexual exploitations afterwards. The nun had registered a complaint in June 2018 and has also claimed that despite her complaints, the church took no action on the Bishop.
Mulakkal, who was arrested on September 21, 2018, on rape charges, got bail on October 16, 2018. The Kerala Police has filed a 1,400-page chargesheet against him.
The chargesheet names 83 witnesses, including the Cardinal of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church Mar George Alencherry, three bishops, 11 priests and several nuns.
After the case came to light, Mulakkal was removed as head of the Jalandhar diocese.