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Bishop Franco acquitted in Kerala nun rape case

The unexpected verdict sparked a wave of condemnation, with supporters of the victim saying they will move the high court
Bishop Franco Mulakkal was accused of raping the woman 13 times between 2014 and 2016 during his visits to a convent in Kuruvilanghad in Kottayam, when he was the bishop of the Jalandhar diocese of the Roman Catholic Church. (PTI)
Bishop Franco Mulakkal was accused of raping the woman 13 times between 2014 and 2016 during his visits to a convent in Kuruvilanghad in Kottayam, when he was the bishop of the Jalandhar diocese of the Roman Catholic Church. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 14, 2022 11:39 PM IST
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Kerala court gives clean chit to Bishop Franco Mullakal in nun rape case

A heavy police force was deployed outside the Kottayam Additional Sessions Court ahead of pronouncement of the verdict involving the former bishop of Jalandhar Diocese.
Policemen outside court. (ANI Twitter)
Policemen outside court. (ANI Twitter)
Updated on Jan 14, 2022 01:03 PM IST
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Reported by Ramesh Babu | Written by Sohini Goswami, New Delhi

Kerala HC rejects Bishop Franco Mulakkal’s discharge plea in nun rape case

He had moved the HC after a trial court in Kottayam had dismissed his discharge plea in March.
Kerala HC rejected deposed Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal’s plea to quash the charge of sexually assaulting a nun against him and directed him to face trial.(REUTERS)
Kerala HC rejected deposed Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal’s plea to quash the charge of sexually assaulting a nun against him and directed him to face trial.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 07, 2020 07:32 PM IST
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Take action against ex-bishop under Canon laws, Kerala nuns tell church

Five nuns and the victim are confined to a convent in Kottayam and leading a secluded life since they raised the complaint against Franco Mullakal. They were not allowed to participate in religious services and there were also attempts to transfer them to different locations to weaken the case.
The statement of one of the witnesses had surfaced on Friday in which she said she too had undergone sexual harassment and had accused deposed Bishop of Jalandhar Franco Mullakal .(HT FILE PHOTO.)
The statement of one of the witnesses had surfaced on Friday in which she said she too had undergone sexual harassment and had accused deposed Bishop of Jalandhar Franco Mullakal .(HT FILE PHOTO.)
Updated on Feb 22, 2020 07:44 PM IST
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‘I am being starved by the church’, says expelled Kerala nun

The 52-year-old nun accused the authorities of locking food but she said she will remain at FCC’s convent even if she was starved to death.
Sister Lucy Kalapura, who was expelled from the Catholic Church, said on Saturday she was being starved at the convent.(Vivek Nair / Hindustan Times)
Sister Lucy Kalapura, who was expelled from the Catholic Church, said on Saturday she was being starved at the convent.(Vivek Nair / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jan 25, 2020 12:33 PM IST
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‘Time Church should reform’: Kerala nun narrates sexual abuse in her book

In the book ‘Karthavinte Namathil’ (In the Name of Christ), 52-year-old Sister Lucy has described alleged abuses and assaults in convents and seminaries under the church.
The bare-all autobiography of a nun in Kerala, who was expelled from the congregation three months ago for indiscipline, is set to ruffle many feathers in the Catholic church. (Representative Image)(AP)
The bare-all autobiography of a nun in Kerala, who was expelled from the congregation three months ago for indiscipline, is set to ruffle many feathers in the Catholic church. (Representative Image)(AP)
Updated on Dec 02, 2019 04:07 PM IST
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Kerala nun Mariam Thresia declared a saint by Pope Francis

The nun from Kerala was canonised along with English Cardinal John Henry Newman, Swiss laywoman Marguerite Bays, Brazilian Sister Dulce Lopes and Italian Sister Giuseppina Vannini.
Kerala nun Mariam Thresia .(mariamthresia.org)
Kerala nun Mariam Thresia .(mariamthresia.org)
Updated on Oct 14, 2019 07:08 AM IST
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Kerala nun, who protested against Mullakkal, expelled

Sister Lucy said the decision to expel her had been taken two months ago and she was forced to sign papers to the effect by the FCC on Wednesday.
The Franciscan Clarist Congregation (FCC) of the Catholic Church(HT Photo)
The Franciscan Clarist Congregation (FCC) of the Catholic Church(HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 08, 2019 01:21 AM IST
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Kerala nun who protested against rape-accused former bishop expelled

The nun said she was issued four show-cause notices and that she replied to all and appeared before the superior general in person. She added she will remain a nun till her last.
Sister Kalapura said she will move the court after consulting fellow nuns and others.(HT image)
Sister Kalapura said she will move the court after consulting fellow nuns and others.(HT image)
Updated on Aug 07, 2019 02:40 PM IST
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Transfer of nuns agitating against bishop revoked

An e-mail was sent to the five nuns, who are staying with the survivor nun, by apostolic administrator of Jalandhar diocese Bishop Angelo Gracias, one of the nuns said in Kottayam on Saturday.
The Jalandhar diocese of the Roman Catholic Church has revoked the transfers of the nuns protesting against rape-accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal . (Photo by Vivek Nair / Hindustan Times)(HT Photo)
The Jalandhar diocese of the Roman Catholic Church has revoked the transfers of the nuns protesting against rape-accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal . (Photo by Vivek Nair / Hindustan Times)(HT Photo)
Published on Feb 09, 2019 11:41 PM IST
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‘They want to split us, isolate the victim’: Kerala nuns stand firm against rape-accused bishop

Five nuns of the Missionaries of Jesus fell from the grace of their superiors after they supported a fellow nun when she levelled rape charges against former bishop of Jalandhar Franco Mullakkal. Leader of the five nuns, Sister Anupama, speaks to HT.
The nuns have since been hounded, asked to vacate their convent in Kuravilangad (Kottayam) and proceed to their previous vocations by their mother superior.(AP/File Photo)
The nuns have since been hounded, asked to vacate their convent in Kuravilangad (Kottayam) and proceed to their previous vocations by their mother superior.(AP/File Photo)
Updated on Jan 18, 2019 07:13 AM IST
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Kerala nuns who stood up against rape accused ex-bishop Franco face eviction

A 43-year-old nun, also a mother superior, had lodged a police complaint in June last year that Mullakkal had raped her 13 times between 2014 and 2016.
People hold a protest against former bishop Franco Mullakkal for his arrest outside the Kerala House, in New Delhi, India, on September 21, 2018.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT Photo)
People hold a protest against former bishop Franco Mullakkal for his arrest outside the Kerala House, in New Delhi, India, on September 21, 2018.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 16, 2019 10:34 PM IST
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Nun protests against rape-accused Bishop, gets notice for anti-religious life

In its notice, Franciscan Clarist Congregation accused Sister Lucy Kalapura belonging to its St Mary’s province, Mananthavady, of leading a life, which was against the “principles of religious life” and the rule of congregation.
A nun, who published poems, bought a car and took part in a protest against former bishop of Jalandhar diocese in connection with a rape case, has been issued notice (Representational Image)(HT File Photo)
A nun, who published poems, bought a car and took part in a protest against former bishop of Jalandhar diocese in connection with a rape case, has been issued notice (Representational Image)(HT File Photo)
Updated on Jan 09, 2019 03:31 PM IST
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No funds for security of Kerala nun who accused Jalandhar bishop of rape, witnesses: Convent

The letter from the Catholic Church order’s mother superior general on Wednesday came a week after the police suggested certain measures to tighten security at the convent in Kuravilangad (Kottayam) where the victim and others were staying.
A convent in Kerala has told the police that it has no funds for protection of the nun who accused Bishop Franco Mullakal of Jalandhar for allegedly raping her multiple times and witnesses in the case (File Photo)(HT Photo)
A convent in Kerala has told the police that it has no funds for protection of the nun who accused Bishop Franco Mullakal of Jalandhar for allegedly raping her multiple times and witnesses in the case (File Photo)(HT Photo)
Published on Nov 23, 2018 09:57 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | ByRamesh Babu

Bishop accused of raping nun gets bail, ordered not to influence witnesses

Former Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal was arrested in Kochi on September 21 after three days of questioning by the Kerala police team probing the Kerala nun rape case.
Bishop Franco Mulakkal, accused of raping a nun, seen outside a crime branch office on the outskirts of Kochi in Kerala, September 19, 2018.(REUTERS)
Bishop Franco Mulakkal, accused of raping a nun, seen outside a crime branch office on the outskirts of Kochi in Kerala, September 19, 2018.(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 15, 2018 05:16 PM IST
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Kerala Nun who protested against ex-bishop Franco Mulakkal says she was asked to stay away from religious rites

Sister Lucy Kalappurkkal of Mananthvadi diocese (north Kerala) said she was instructed by the Mother Superior of the convent not to participate in any religious service of the diocese.
Nuns and supporters protest against former bishop Franco Mulakkal, who is accused of raping a nun, in Kochi.(AFP File Photo)
Nuns and supporters protest against former bishop Franco Mulakkal, who is accused of raping a nun, in Kochi.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Sep 23, 2018 04:13 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | ByRamesh Babu

‘Was in a different state of mind,’ Actor Mohanlal apologises for snubbing journalist over Kerala nun case

Actor Mohanlal was in Kochi as part of sending flood relief material to the affected regions under the banner of ‘ViswaSanthi Foundation’, an NGO named after his parents
Malayalam actor Mohanlal.(ActorMohanlal/Facebook)
Malayalam actor Mohanlal.(ActorMohanlal/Facebook)
Updated on Sep 17, 2018 10:00 AM IST
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Won’t step down until found guilty, says Jalandhar bishop accused of Kerala nun’s rape

Meanwhile, the complainant nun has petitioned the Vatican representative in India alleging that the clergyman was using “political and money power” to bury the case and sought his removal from the post.
Indian media persons gather around police vehicle in front of Bishop's house to cover the Kerala state police investigation in relation to bishop Franco Mulakkal alleged sexual assault to a nun, in Jalandhar on August 13, 2018. (Photo by SHAMMI MEHRA / AFP)(AFP)
Indian media persons gather around police vehicle in front of Bishop's house to cover the Kerala state police investigation in relation to bishop Franco Mulakkal alleged sexual assault to a nun, in Jalandhar on August 13, 2018. (Photo by SHAMMI MEHRA / AFP)(AFP)
Updated on Sep 11, 2018 09:49 PM IST
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Kerala nun writes letter to Vatican, accuses church of silence on rape allegation against Bishop

The nun has written a seven-page letter dated September 8 to the Apostolic Nunciature-- the representative of the Holy See in India--appealing for justice.
Media persons gather around vehicle in front of Bishop's house to cover the Kerala state police investigation in relation to bishop Franco Mulakkal alleged sexual assault to a nun, in Jalandhar on August 13.(AFP File Photo)
Media persons gather around vehicle in front of Bishop's house to cover the Kerala state police investigation in relation to bishop Franco Mulakkal alleged sexual assault to a nun, in Jalandhar on August 13.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Sep 11, 2018 04:24 PM IST
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‘Self-inflicted injury marks, Kerala nun died due to drowning’: Post-mortem report

The 55-year-old nun who was found dead inside the well of a convent in Kollam district of Kerala died due to drowning, the post-mortem report stated Monday.
The post-mortem of the nun, belonging to the Malankara Syrian Orthodox church, was carried out at the government medical college hospital in Thiruvananthapuram.(Representative Image)
The post-mortem of the nun, belonging to the Malankara Syrian Orthodox church, was carried out at the government medical college hospital in Thiruvananthapuram.(Representative Image)
Updated on Sep 10, 2018 08:29 PM IST
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Kerala nuns hit the streets, demand action against rape accused bishop

A protester said the nuns were planning to move a petition in Kerala high court, demanding action against the Jalandhar bishop accused of sexual abuse.
The victim had in her complaint alleged that the bishop had sexually abused after summoning her on the pretext of discussing an important issue in 2014.(ANI Photo)
The victim had in her complaint alleged that the bishop had sexually abused after summoning her on the pretext of discussing an important issue in 2014.(ANI Photo)
Updated on Sep 08, 2018 03:28 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | ByRamesh Babu

Kerala nun alleges bishop raped her 13 times in two years, police register case

The bishop complained that the nun was blackmailing him and had earlier threatened to implicate him in a sexual harassment case.
The nun claimed that she had complained to church authorities about the abuse, but no action was taken.(Shutterstock/Photo for representation)
The nun claimed that she had complained to church authorities about the abuse, but no action was taken.(Shutterstock/Photo for representation)
Updated on Jul 01, 2018 10:27 AM IST
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