New Delhi: A nun in Kerala has filed a complaint with the police that a bishop of the Syro-Malabar church allegedly raped her 13 times in two years. The bishop has also approaced the police saying the nun, a mother superior of a convent, has been blackmailing him and threatened to implicate him in a sexual harassment case.
Kottayam superintendent of police Hari Shankar said a case was registered against the Bishop of Jalandhar, Frank Mullakkal, at Kuravilangad police station.
According to a report in the Hindustan Times, the nun in her complaint alleged that the bishop sexually abused her after summoning her on the pretext of discussing an important issue in 2014. She said that she filed a complaint to the church in 2017 and was forced to file a police complaint after it failed to take action against the accused bishop.
She said after filing the complaint, she was removed from her official position and complaints of financial irregularities were framed against her. However, the bishop said he was implicated for taking action against her.
The nun said that if she doesn’t get justice from church authorities, she will move the Pope against the accused. Bishop Mullakkal, hailing from Kottayam, was appointed as the Auxillory Bishop of Delhi diocese in 2009 and made the bishop of Jalandhar in 2013.
The case surfaced at a time when a believer of the Orthodox Church filed a complaint against five priests alleging that they sexually exploited his wife for many years on the basis of a confession she made to one of them. The police had registered a case after the intervention of the National Women Commission.