Bishop Franco Mulakkal acquitted in nun rape case

Kottayam (Kerala), January 14 (Agency)

A court in Kottayam in Kerala on Friday acquitted Bishop Franco Mulakkal of charges of raping a nun. The Additional District and Sessions Court (I) acquitted Bishop as the prosecution failed to produce evidence against him. Mulakkal, who reached the court to hear the verdict, heaved a sigh of relief and during this his eyes also became moist. Mulakkal (57) told reporters, “Thank God. In a brief statement issued soon after the verdict, the Jalandhar Diocese thanked all those who continued to believe in the innocence of the bishop and provide him the necessary legal aid. A lawyer for Bishop’s legal team said the prosecution had miserably failed to prove the charges against Bishop. The nun, in her complaint to the police in June 2018, had alleged that Mulakkal sexually assaulted her between 2014 and 2016. He was then the Bishop of the Jalandhar Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church. On Friday, after the acquittal of Roman Catholic bishop Franco Mulakkal, the victim’s supportive nuns expressed their dismay at the court’s decision and said their struggle would continue till justice was delivered. The nuns of the Kuravilangad convent here, who stood by the victim, said with a tear that they still could not believe that such a decision would come from the court.

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