The Kerala Police Friday arrested Roman Catholic priest Franco Mulakkal after interrogating him for three consecutive days over rape allegations levelled by a nun against him. He was arrested at 8 pm and has been taken for medical examination.
“The investigating officer in the nun rape case has found that the bishop has committed the crime,” Kottayam Superintendent of Police Hari Sankar told journalists. Mulakkal will be produced before a magistrate court tomorrow morning.
The latest development comes a day after the Vatican relieved Mulakkal of the administrative responsibilities of Jalandhar diocese of Missionaries of Jesus. An official communication from Apostolic Nunciature in Delhi said the Pope had received a letter from Mulakkal offering to “step aside temporarily” from the administrative job of the diocese
Refuting allegations against him, Mulakkal had earlier said that a “conspiracy” has been hatched by a group of people who are against the church. He also accused the nun of lying as he had ordered action against her in the past. “The nun is lying, made up the case against me because I had ordered action against her. Police have no evidence against me that’s why they have not arrested me,” said Mulakkal.
“Investigation is going in the right direction. The government is with the victim. The government is with the nuns staging the protest. Certainly, the government will take all necessary steps to identify the culprits and bring the guilty to book,” senior Kerala Minister E P Jayarajan had told PTI. On Tuesday, the Kerala High Court had agreed to hear Mulakkal’s anticipatory bail plea on September 25. The court also asked the state government to file an affidavit.
In June, the nun from the Missionaries of Jesus made a police complaint against the congregation’s patron bishop Mulakkal, of raping her and subjecting her to unnatural sex on multiple occasions over two years since May 2014. A case was registered by the Kottayam police on June 28.
Mob of Radicals Nearly Kill Pastor and Family in Northeast India
According to Morning Star News, a small mob of radical Hindu nationalists broke into the home of a Christian pastor in India’s Bihar state in an attempt to kill the pastor and his family. Fortunately, the mob was driven away by local villagers before they could physically harm the pastor and his family.
The attack took place at 1 a.m. on Monday, October 28. According to Morning Star News, a mob of 10 to 15 radicals brandishing swords, bricks, and metal rods surrounded the home of Pastor Palathingal Joseph Johnson in the Rajasan area of Bihar’s Vaishali District.
“Soon we heard the noise of glass breaking,” Pastor Johnson told Morning Star News. “One team climbed the roof of our house, but they could not break open the roof to enter the house. So, they twisted the aluminum corrugated sheet and entered.”
Pastor Johnson and his family, including his wife and four children, hid themselves in one of the home’s two rooms. However, the door to that room did not have a lock, so Pastor Johnson and his wife had to use their bodies to block the radicals from entering and attacking.
Pastor Johnson calls to local police went unanswered, so he called a local Christian for help. Soon, 50 local villagers arrived on the scene and drove away the radicals.
“If the attackers had managed to come into the room where the family was hiding, we would be looking at a much worse situation,” Pastor Gautam Kumar, a local activist and pastor, told Morning Star News. “I do not doubt that they would have killed the family.”
The incident has been reported to local police and a First Information Report (FIR # 427/19) has been filed. However, no arrests have been made in regards to the incident.
Attacks on Christians and their places of worship in India continue to rise in both number and severity. Since the current, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took power in May 2014, the number of documented incidents of Christian persecution has more than doubled.
പ്രകോപനത്തിന് പ്രതികാരം: ആണ്സുഹൃത്തിന്റെ മുഖത്ത് 19-കാരി ആസിഡ് ഒഴിച്ചു
ആഗ്ര: രഹസ്യ ചിത്രങ്ങള് പ്രചരിപ്പിക്കുമെന്ന് ഭീഷണിപ്പെടുത്തിയ ആണ്സുഹൃത്തിന്റെ മുഖത്ത് 19-കാരി ആസിഡ് ഒഴിച്ചു. അലിഗഡിലെ ജീവന്ഗഡ് പ്രദേശത്താണ് സംഭവം. യുവാവിന്റെ ബന്ധുക്കളുടെ പരാതിയില് പെണ്കുട്ടിയെ പോലീസ് അറസ്റ്റ് ചെയ്തു.
വിവാഹത്തിന് തയാറായില്ലെങ്കില് രഹസ്യചിത്രങ്ങള് സമൂഹമാധ്യമങ്ങളില് പ്രചരിപ്പിക്കുമെന്നു പറഞ്ഞ് യുവാവ് ഭീഷണിപ്പെടുത്തിയിരുന്നു. ‘ഇതിന് പിന്നാലെയാണ് ഇങ്ങനെ ചെയ്യേണ്ടി വന്നതെന്നും പെണ്കുട്ടി പോലീസിന് മൊഴി നല്കി. അതേസമയം, മകനുമായി പെണ്കുട്ടി അടുപ്പത്തിലായിരുന്നെന്നും എന്നാല് കുറച്ചു നാളുകള്ക്ക് മുന്പ് ഇരുവരും തമ്മില് പിണങ്ങിയതായും യുവാവിന്റെ അമ്മ പറഞ്ഞു. മകനെ പെണ്കുട്ടി നിരന്തരം ഫോണില് വിളിച്ച് ശല്യം ചെയ്തിരുന്നതായും അമ്മ വിശദമാക്കി.
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