NCW summons Kerala MLA for using abusive language against nun

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The Missionaries of Jesus Congregation on Tuesday alleged that the Kerala nun, who filed a complaint of rape against a bishop, had "questionable relations with a local taxi driver" and "a physical relationship with a relative's husband".

In a three-page statement issued to media, the congregation also alleged that the protest on the nuns are against faith.

Unlike the rest of India, where Christianity remains a minority religion practiced by just 2.3% of the total population, Kerala is home to a sizable Christian community that dates back hundreds of years. The statement also questioned why the nun did not approach police when she was first raped.

He added that no other nun had filed evidence against the bishop and that there was not of yet any scientific evidence to substantiate the rape charges. Condemning the protests by the nuns, the Congregation said, "Our conscious doesn't allow us to crucify an innocent soul (Jalandhar Bishop) based on sexual abuse allegations by a nun".

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.

"They are arranging people to attack us and Bishop Franco is using his political power and money to get higher authorities of the investigation and the government to bury legal proceedings that I have filed against him", she charged. "But in the light of my experience I am beginning to think that the Church is a stepmother to women and laity". I have seen her being denounced by the church.

Copies of the letter were sent to 21 others, including Cardinal Oswald Gracias and Delhi Metropolitan Archbishop, Anil Couto.

"I have full faith in law and I will keep cooperating with police probe", he said.

The legislator's comments were also slammed by the NCW Chief Rekha Sharma who said that the incident was "shameful".

Anapura noted that Mulakkal has been targeting her group since they declared support for his accuser, saying the bishop is "trying to coerce a statement against the survivor from us".

"The complainant's sister, myself and God (know the truth)", he said. "This is a time of crisis.I am going through painful agony.I tell everyone to pray to God.let the truth prevail", he said.