It was also observed there that Court can not compel investigating officer to arrest an accused, as it was a matter within the discretion of police.
"Bishop Franco had always an eagle's eye on few other MJ (Missionaries of Jesus) sisters as well. We would like to know if is there any provision in Canon Law for justice for nuns and women?" Police are contemplating sending fresh summons to Bishop Franco to appear before it in Kottayam and a final decision will be taken on the matter after a review meeting scheduled for Wednesday.
One of the nuns, while slamming the police's inaction in nabbing the accused said, "The police have repeatedly taken the statement of the victim nun, but they have taken Franco Mulakkal's statement only once". But three more women - including two nuns -have since stepped forward, alleging they too were sexually assaulted by Mulakkal. "We can not crucify an innocent soul based on such allegations", reported News18. They were joined by the Catholic reformation organisations, including the Kerala Catholic Church Reformation Movement, at their indefinite protest in Kochi, seeking justice for the nun. The statement has also said that the allegations against the Bishop are completely baseless.
An allegation of rape brought by a nun against the Roman Catholic bishop of Jalandhar, Franco Mulakkal, has pitted reformist sections of the church against the state, and the church against its high priesthood.
What does the police have to say?
Noting that she had filed the complaint against the bishop two months ago, the nun claimed even though the Special Investigation Team probing it was convinced of the proofs, they were not able to arrest him because of his political and economic power. They (police) are studying it as to who is speaking truth. "We will write to the Kerala Director General of Police for action against George", ANI quoted NCW Chairperson Rekha Sharma as saying. In his statement, the MLA asked why didn't the nun report the incident earlier.
The demonstrations started on Saturday and continued throughout the weekend in Thiruvananthapuram, fuelled by an incendiary press conference in which a politician questioned the account of the bishops's alleged victim, a 46-year-old nun, and described her as a prostitute. 12 times she enjoyed it and the 13th time it is rape?