NCW summons Kerala MLA for using abusive language against nun

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She alleged that the Church showed double standard in dealing with the issues of the sisters and priests.

In early August, one PIL was filed seeking arrest of the Bishop. She asked him to get an appointment with the nuncio in the context of bishop Franco trying to trap her and her companion in a police case in Jalandhar.

The present PILs have been filed alleging that despite the passage of nearly four weeks after the first PIL, no progress has been made in the investigation and that the Bishop was still not arrested.

The letter surfaced as the protest by various Catholic reform organisations in Kochi seeking justice for the nun entered the fourth day on Tuesday.

He urged the government and police to end the move to "weaken" the investigation in the case.

Today, nuns came out in protest in Kerala against the Bishop who has still not been arrested.

He said that a nun is supposed to be a virgin like the mother of Jesus and once she loses her virginity, there is no reason to call her nun.

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Noting that she felt the Catholic church was still doubting her over the argument as to why she allowed him to sexually abuse her multiple times, the nun said she had tremendous fear and shame to bring this out into the open. That is why we thought of conducting this protest. In her complaint filed at Kuravilangad Police Station, the rape survivor had alleged that she had received death threats from unknown people two months ago. "Investigation should be completed quickly and the culprits should be given punishment as prescribed in the law", he told reporters in Kochi. They had earlier accused the police of laxity in the investigation against the Roman Catholic bishop.

"I beg the Church authorities to kindly make a speedy enquiry about this case and remove Bishop Franco from his responsibilities as the spiritual leader of the diocese", the nun said.

On Monday, the Kerala High Court directed the state government to inform it about the steps taken by the special investigation team of the Kerala Police probing the case. However, he belongs to higher authority and has money. "We do not want to crucify an innocent based on the sexual abuse allegation raised by one of our sisters, followed by the false allegations made the the sisters who are protesting along with her", a statement said.

"If I am found guilty, which I am not, I am likely to be punished.I will appear before police if I am summoned". She also questioned the Church's stand on the matter.

The Bishop has denied all the allegations.

"At this moment, whatever is going on is not justifiable".

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