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Kerala nun’s abuse case: police to question bishop

The nun alleged that Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar sexually abused her between 2014 and 2016.


A special team of Kerala Police, probing the allegation levelled by a Catholic nun that she was repeatedly sexually abused by a bishop, has completed the first round of evidence collection on Tuesday, officials said.

The nun alleged that Franco Mulakkal, the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Jalandhar (Punjab), sexually abused her 14 times between 2014 and 2016 in a Kerala convent.

The team is now studying the collected evidences before they question the high-ranking church official, said informed sources. Analysis of collected evidences will help police to decide the time and nature of questioning the bishop.

The bishop has denied the allegations, saying that he was being framed for taking action against her. According to Mulakkal, trouble started in 2016 when he took up a complaint against her.

The special team has already taken a detailed statement of the nun and a few of the inmates of the convent near here, where the nun is now staying and on Tuesday, forensic experts arrived to see what scientific evidence are required in the high-profile case which involves a high-ranking bishop of the powerful Roman Catholic Church.


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