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Police file case against Kerala convent for locking up nun

Sister Lucy Kalapura had been in at loggerheads with her superiors for over a decade.

Nus continue their protest to press for justice for a Kerala nun who accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar diocese of repeatedly raping her between 2014 and 2016, in Kochi on Sept 20, 2018. (Photo: IANS)

The Kerala police on Monday registered a case against a convent over illegal confinement of a nun who had been dismissed for defiant disobedience and violation of her vows.

A Vellamunda Police station officer told IANS, the charge pertains to locking up of Sister Lucy Kalapura, who belonged to the Franciscan Clarist Congregation (FCC).

She had been in disagreement with her superiors for some time. The relations worsened last year when she supported the Kerala nuns' strike demanding arrest of Bishop Mulakkal, head of the Roman Catholic Diocese in Jalandhar.

The FCC congregation dismissed Sister Kalapura following laws of the Church and with Vatican approval on May 11.

The decision was conveyed to her on August 7 and she was given 10 days to vacate the convent. The FCC authorities also informed her 85-year-old mother about the decision to oust her from the convent.

The nun has refused to move away from the convent and has appealed to the Vatican last week.

"I was not here for the past two days. I returned on Sunday. When I got ready to attend morning prayers at 6.30 a.m, I could not move out as I had been locked in. I could come out only after the police intervention," the Sister said in her complaint.

She claims the congregation had been upset with her since she took part in the protest against the bishop and later aired her opinion about the bishop on TV channels.


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