LEGAL

Nun rape case: Bishop Mulakkal gets acquittal
January 15, 2022

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One-liner: A court in Kerala on Friday acquitted Roman Catholic bishop Franco Mulakkal of the charges of raping a nun in a convent in the southern state.

Prosecution failed: As the prosecution failed to produce evidence against the accused, the Additional District and Sessions Court II, Kottayam, acquitted the bishop.

Driving the news: Mulakkal, 57, was accused of raping the nun multiple times during his visit to a convent in this district when he was the bishop of the Jalandhar diocese of the Roman Catholic church.

Verdict not acceptable: However, senior IPS officer S Harishankar, who had led the special investigation team in the rape case against the bishop, said the verdict was not acceptable and an appeal should be moved against it.

  • Echoing the same sentiments, the Public Prosecutor said despite the victim's statement, the verdict came out like this

On the other side: This could not be accepted, he said, adding that the verdict will be challenged in the higher court after getting the approval of the govt.

  • The rape case against the bishop was registered by police in Kottayam district in June 2018

Need to know: In her complaint to the police, the nun had alleged that she was subjected to sexual abuse by the bishop between 2014 and 2016.

Background: The Special Investigation Team, which probed the case, arrested the Bishop in Sept 2018 and charged him with wrongful confinement, rape, unnatural sex and criminal intimidation.

Source: PTI