A court docket in the southern point out of Kerala pronounced a single line verdict saying that it experienced uncovered Mulakkal not responsible of the rates. — Reuters pic
NEW DELHI, Jan 15 — A Roman Catholic bishop in India was acquitted yesterday of raping a nun numerous occasions about two several years.
Whilst the Catholic church has been embroiled in a sequence of sexual abuse scandals all over the world, Franco Mulakkal was its 1st Indian priest to go on trial.
A court in the southern condition of Kerala pronounced a one line verdict expressing that it experienced observed Mulakkal not responsible of the fees.
He experienced been accused of continuously raping the nun in between 2014 and 2016 in Kerala while he was head of the Missionaries of Jesus get. He denied all the accusations.
The nun stated she experienced approached the church many occasions and made a decision to go to the police when her pleas had been dismissed.
In 2018, she filed a complaint but police only started out the investigation months later after 5 other nuns staged almost day by day protests outdoors the high court docket.
The nuns had also created to the Vatican, asking it to intervene in the subject.
Their agitation built nationwide headlines and split the tiny Christian minority in Hindu-greater part India, exactly where they make up 2.3 for every cent of the inhabitants according to census figures.
Kerala is regarded the birthplace of Christianity in India, with the apostle Thomas thought to have landed there in Advertisement 52.
The nuns came beneath hefty criticism within the church and the uncommon act of insurrection noticed them qualified with a wave of threats and accusations.
Mulakkal was arrested in September 2018 and afterwards granted bail. — AFP
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