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Church officials knew violations: Nun's sister

The nun's sister said that a delegation from the Jalandhar Diocese had met the nun and her family on June 2 as part of a conciliatory effort.

 
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Bangalore: 

The sister of a Kerala nun who has alleged rape by a bishop claimed on Wednesday that the Church administration had known about the alleged violations since well before the nun approached police last week.

The 44-year-old nun from Kottayam had alleged on June 30 that Bishop Franco Mullakkal of the Jalandhar Diocese had raped her 13 times since 2014.

A week earlier, a Jalandhar-based priest had lodged a complaint with Kottayam police saying the nun and her relatives had threatened the bishop with rape charges if he didn't withdraw her transfer order. The police are probing both cases.

On Wednesday, the nun's sister told reporters in Kottayam that a delegation from the Jalandhar Diocese had met the nun and her family on June 2 as part of a conciliatory effort. With the family insisting on stringent action, the delegation had promised a solution by June 30, she said.

But instead, the nun's sister alleged, Bishop Mullakkal got a police complaint lodged against the nun.

She released pictures, later beamed by some Malayalam channels, that purportedly show several senior priests, apparently from the Jalandhar Diocese, seated with her family members. She says these are pictures of the June 2 meeting, purportedly held at a church facility in Kuravilangad, Kottayam.

"We (the nun's family) met the chancellor, mother superior and mother general to discuss the issue and the way forward. They promised action and left," the woman said.

Source: The Telegraph

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