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Nun rape case: Decks cleared for Bishop Franco to return to pastoral duties

Bishop was temporarily relieved of his responsibilities of the diocese by Pope Francis after he was questioned by the Kerala police over rape charges levelled by the nun.
Former Jalandhar bishop Franco Mulakkal (HT file photo)
Former Jalandhar bishop Franco Mulakkal (HT file photo)
Published on Jun 12, 2022 06:19 PM IST
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Kerala, nun move high court against Franco’s acquittal in rape case

While the victim nun moved the appeal earlier this week challenging the bishop’s acquittal, the prosecution moved the high court on Wednesday.
On January 14, a trial court in Kottayam had acquitted Franco Mulakkal, citing lack of scientific and corroborative evidence and contradictory statements of the victim. (File photo)
On January 14, a trial court in Kottayam had acquitted Franco Mulakkal, citing lack of scientific and corroborative evidence and contradictory statements of the victim. (File photo)
Published on Mar 31, 2022 12:23 AM IST
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Woman’s version is inconsistent and exaggerated: Kerala Court in acquittal order

Acquitting the bishop, Gopakumar G, judge of the additional district and sessions court I, Kottayam, said in his order that the victim’s claim that she was raped on 13 occasions cannot be relied upon based on her sole testimony.
Mulakkal was accused of raping the nun multiple times during his visit to a convent in Kottayam district between 2014 and 2016, when he was bishop of the Jalandhar diocese of the Roman Catholic church (PTI)
Mulakkal was accused of raping the nun multiple times during his visit to a convent in Kottayam district between 2014 and 2016, when he was bishop of the Jalandhar diocese of the Roman Catholic church (PTI)
Updated on Jan 16, 2022 01:04 AM IST
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Sexual misconduct allegations against Jalandhar Bishop not on table at national meet in Pune

The gathering of Bishops in Pune comes against the backdrop of serious allegations of sexual misconduct against Bishop Franco Mulakkal and a Pune priest serving as principal of a school.
Fifty Bishops from across India attended a High Mass at St Patrick's Cathedral during their two visit in Pune, on Monday, September 17, 2018.(Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)
Fifty Bishops from across India attended a High Mass at St Patrick's Cathedral during their two visit in Pune, on Monday, September 17, 2018.(Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 18, 2018 10:19 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Pune | ByParth Welankar
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