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Kerala nun rape case accused Franco Mulakkal resigns as Jalandhar Bishop

Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal - who was temporarily relieved of pastoral duties in 2018 following allegations of rape by a nun - resigned from his duties.

Franco Mulakkal (ANI)
Updated on Jun 01, 2023 05:47 PM IST

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)
Published on Jun 12, 2022 06:19 PM IST
PTI | , Thiruvananthapuram

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)
Published on Mar 31, 2022 12:23 AM IST

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)
Updated on Jan 16, 2022 01:04 AM IST
By, Thiuruvananthapuram
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