After three days of interrogation that exceeded over 23 hours, the Special Investigation Team probing the alleged rape of a nun belonging to the Missionaries of Jesus congregation on Friday arrested Jalandhar bishop Franco Mulakkal accused of the crime.
Kottayam Superintendent of Police Hari Sankar has said the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the case has made a decision to complete the interrogation on Friday.
The police in this regard have said that they are under no pressure to refrain from arresting the Bishop if he were to be found guilty after the interrogation. NDTV delivers reliable information across all platforms: TV, Internet and Mobile.
A Roman Catholic bishop was arrested in the south Indian state of Kerala on Friday on charges of raping a nun, police said, a day after the Vatican accepted the bishop's request to be temporarily relieved of his duties.
Earlier this month, she wrote to the Vatican's representative in New Delhi, alleging that the bishop was using "political and money power" to "bury" the case and seeking his removal. Agitations have been on for days, after there was a delay in the Kerala Police acting on the complaint.
Mulakkal, who is the bishop of the northern Indian city of Jalandhar, has denied the accusations.
Sankar told reporters on Friday that the police would now investigate charges of rape, illegal confinement, unnatural sex and intimidation.
The five nuns of Missionaries of Jesus are determined to get justice. 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".
The woman, 44, filed a police complaint in June, after claiming the Catholic Church had taken no action despite repeated appeals.
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The case comes at a time when the Christian community, which accounts for 19 percent of the state's population, is reeling under an erosion of trust as sexual abuse cases involving the clergy pile up.