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Catholic bishop acquitted of raping a nun in India | Sexual assault news

An Indian court acquitted a Roman Catholic bishop for raping a nun in her rural monastery in a sexual harassment allegation.

An Indian court acquitted a Roman Catholic bishop for raping a nun in her rural monastery. sexual harassment In the church.

Judge G Gopakumar of the session said on Friday that the bishop was not guilty of repeatedly raping nuns between 2014 and 2016.

Bishop Franco Murakal I was attending a court in Kottayam, a city in southern India. When he left the courtroom, his supporters cheered, “Praise the Lord.”

Detailed judgment may be available late Friday.

The prosecution on behalf of the nun will appeal the verdict, said lawyer Sandhya Raju.

Virginia Sardanha, a former secretary general of the Women’s Committee of the Catholic Episcopal Conference in India, said the ruling was shocking.

“My first idea was that the church misogyny won. The ruling reinforces the idea that a strong man cannot be tried,” she said.

Police charged Mulakkal with rape, illegal imprisonment, and threats to nuns. She said she went to the police only after repeatedly complaining to church authorities.Eventually, a group of fellow nuns was launched. Unprecedented public protest Request Mulakkal’s arrest in 2018. He was detained but released on bail a few weeks later.

The nun also wrote to the Vatican and asked him to intervene in the problem. Their upset created national headlines and divided the small Christians in India, a minority of Hindus. According to census figures, they make up 2.3 percent of the population.

Mulakkal is the official patron saint of the nun community, the missionaries of Jesus, and has exerted immense influence on his budget and work allocation.

Mulakkal denied the accusations, calling them “unfounded and crafted,” and said the accusing nun tried to pressure him to do a better job.

The nun in her complaint accused Murakal, then bishop of the Jalandhar parish in northern Punjab, from raping her many times when she visited her monastery in Kerala, Krabirangad.

Kerala is considered the birthplace of Christianity in India, and the apostle Thomas is believed to have landed there in 52 AD.

Sister Anupama, who led the campaign to support nuns, said she would continue to fight for her colleagues.

“We couldn’t get the justice expected from the judiciary,” the Indian press Pretrust quoted as she said.

Bishop’s lawyer, B Raman Pillai, told reporters, “The indictment was very weak and the investigation was very poor.”

The Catholic Church has been involved in a series of sexual abuse scandals around the world, but Murakal was the first Indian priest to be tried.

In February 2019, Pope Francis for the first time publicly acknowledged the sexual abuse of nuns by priests and bishops and promised to tackle the problem.



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