Bishop Franco Mulakkal acquitted in Kerala nun rape case, emotional bishop expressed happiness over the court's decision
A court here acquitted Roman Catholic bishop Franco Mulakkal in the Kerala nun rape case. The court said that the prosecution could not produce evidence against the accused. Let us inform that in June 2018, a complaint was lodged against the bishop in Kerala. Mulakkal, 57, was arrested on September 21, 2018 for rape. He was granted bail on October 16, 2018. The Public Prosecutor said that an appeal would be filed in the High Court against the decision of the court after consultation with the government and the investigating agencies.
After the court's decision came, the bishop became emotional and came out in tears. His fans cried with joy after the news of his acquittal. He hugged his fans and lawyers. He thanked God. In a statement, he thanked everyone who was with him in difficult times. Franco had approached the Kerala High Court to the Supreme Court to quash the FIR lodged against him, but he did not get relief from both the courts.
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While serving as bishop of the Jalandhar Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church, Mulakkal was accused of raping a 43-year-old nun on 13 occasions during his visits to Kerala between 2014 and 2016. He was later removed from the charge of Jalandhar Diocese.
Many nuns who struggle with the victim are saddened by the verdict
Several nuns who stood in support of the nun expressed grief over the decision to acquit the bishop. There were tears in his eyes. He said that we cannot believe that the court will take such a decision. Sister Anupama said that we will continue to fight for justice and will approach the higher court. Sister Lucy Kalappura, who stood firmly by her side to get justice for the nun, said that now justice will be sought from the upper court.
National Commission for Women came in support of the nun
Meanwhile, in New Delhi, National Commission for Women (NCW) chief Rekha Sharma, on the decision to acquit Mulakkal, said that the aggrieved woman should approach the High Court against the verdict. Expressing support for the nun, Rekha Sharma tweeted, "Shocked by the Kerala court's decision. The aggrieved nun should approach the High Court. NCW is with him in this fight for justice.