Police security up for convent where nun who alleged rape lives

Police team probing her complaint, asked for it

Kottayam

The police have stepped up protection to a convent near here which is home to a nun who had alleged that she was sexually abused by a Catholic bishop.

“The increased police protection has been given after the police team probing her complaint asked for it,” said the official who did not wish to be identified.

An FIR was registered against the bishop and a 114-page detailed statement was taken from the nun and other inmates of the convent at Kuruvalangadu. She alleged that the abuse took place at the convent.

Mulakkal maintains that he has done no wrong.

A police team is now in Bengaluru to meet a few nuns who previously resided in the convent.

Meanwhile, in a major setback to Syro-Malabar Catholic Church head Cardinal George Alencherry, a leaked phone conversation between him and the nun who raised rape allegation against Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal has revealed the Cardinal knew about the nun’s sufferings at the Jalandhar diocese.

According to the leaked recording, she is heard saying as many as 25 nuns in the congregation were ready to quit and join Syro-Malabar Church, following hardships in Jalandhar. Cardinal Alencherry had earlier maintained he was unaware of the rape complaint against the Bishop and the nun had only told him about some issues in her diocese.

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