Kerala nun writes to Vatican envoy against Jalandhar diocese bishop

A nun who has accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal of the Jalandhar diocese of raping her 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.

In a letter to Giambattista Diquattro, Vatican’s Apostolic Nuncio (a diplomatic mission), the nun said she had turned to the church authorities for justice.

She alleged that the bishop and his close associates “are using the wealth of the diocese to divert” the course of the police investigation.

Her missive comes amid protests by a group of nuns and others against the delay in taking action against the bishop, who has been accused of rape and unnatural sex with the complainant multiple times between 2014 and 2016.

“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,” the nun charged.

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