"Can't Crucify An Innocent": Congregation Backing For Rape Accused Priest

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.

"We are fighting for our sister". They said state government and the Church have disappointed them. Talking to reporters at his residence in Poonjar, George said he had certain doubts on the real victim in the case. It is proceeding in the right direction.

The NCW chairperson said the nun was allegedly facing discrimination after levelling sexual assault charges and that she was not getting support from the church. "Now, we pin our hopes on the judiciary", said a nun who did not want to be named, UCAN news reports.

Kerala MLA P C George ran into controversy when he made insensitive remarks against the nun who an actress who was has alleged that she was sexually assaulted by a bishop. In her complaint filed at Kuravilangad Police Station, the rape survivor had alleged that she had received death threats from unknown people two months ago.

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The nun, who admitted to be under vast pressure in her battle against Bishop Franco Mulakkal, said that she was pained by the derogatory comments raised against her by sitting legislator PC George and will not meet the media. "Investigation should be completed quickly and the culprits should be given punishment as prescribed in the law", he told reporters in Kochi. The court asked the government to respond by Thursday after senior public prosecutor Suman Chakravarthy sought two days' time to get instructions in the matter.Two PILs filed by George Vattukulam, president of Malayala Vedi, through advocate Joseph Rony Jose and Ramapuram-based Kerala Catholic Church Reformation Movement through advocate Sandhya Raju were heard by the court. Following the questioning, the Kerala Police returned, saying they need more clarity on the nun's statement. The nun wondered why the Church was closing its eyes to the "truth when I have mustered courage". "Your highness, I would like to ask: Will the Church authority - who stand to protect Bishop Franco and safeguard the dignity of the Church by hiding his wickedness - be able to give back what I have lost?" she asked in the letter.

Copies of the letter were sent to 21 others, including Cardinal Oswald Gracias and Delhi Metropolitan Archbishop, Anil Couto.

"The complainant's sister, myself and God (know the truth)", he said.

"At this moment, whatever is going on is not justifiable".

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