MLA George slammed for shaming Kerala nun

Bishop Targets Nun

"They are arranging people to attack us and Bishop Franco is using his political power and money to get higher authorities of the investigation and the government to bury legal proceedings that I have filed against him", she charged. 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.

Sister Anupama, one of the five nuns who protested on Saturday, said the complainant was not in a frame of mind to address the media, reported The News Minute.

The complaint filed was that the bishop raped and assaulted the nun for two years since 2014 May. They took her statement too and there were contradictions. He went on to say that it was suspicious that the woman raised a complaint only when she was harassed the 13 time and kept quiet at all the previous instances. "But in the light of my experience I am beginning to think that the Church is a stepmother to women and laity". She said she had complained earlier because she lacked the courage to take on the clergy represented by the bishop. The statement also questioned why the nun did not approach police when she was first raped. The Church said it has submitted video recording of this to police.

"I am not saying that the Bishop hasn't done any wrong, but when you weigh his character against that of this nun, it is evident she is not above reproach".

Hartal byte: Kerala has higher fuel prices than metros
Meanwhile, the BJP said the hike in fuel prices was a "momentary difficulty" and claimed the shutdown was a complete failure. Yadav said, "While the opposition is protesting, prices of petrol and diesel have been hiked again this morning".

Copies of the letter were sent to 21 others, including the Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI) President Cardinal Oswald Gracias and Delhi Metropolitan Archbishop, Anil Couto. "Your highness, I would like to ask: Will the Church authority -who stand to protect Bishop Franco and safeguard the dignity of the Church by hiding his wickedness- be able to give back what I have lost?" she asked in the letter. Condemning the protests by the nuns, the Congregation said, "Our conscious doesn't allow us to crucify an innocent soul (Jalandhar Bishop) based on sexual abuse allegations by a nun".

"If I am found guilty, which I am not, I am likely to be punished.I will appear before police if I am summoned. The bishop should be punished", Sharma further said.

Four nuns are protesting near the Kerala High Court in Kochi. I suffered it silently.

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