‘Win of money and muscle power’: Companions of survivor on Franco case

“We are still unable to believe it. The justice we got from the police and the prosecutor, we didn’t get from the judiciary. We will continue this fight until our sister gets justice. Everything was in our favor. We are not aware what happened after that,” says Sister Anupama.

Anupama and three other nuns who are the companions of the survivor in the rape case against Bishop Franco Mulakkal in Kerala and who were in the forefront of standing with the woman, were talking to media soon after the court verdict of acquitting Franco Mulakkal.

A court in Kerala on Friday acquitted Roman Catholic Bishop Franco Mulakkal of the charges of raping a nun in the convent. The Additional District and Sessions Court II, Kottayam, acquitted the bishop stating that the prosecution failed to produce evidence against the 57-year-old Mulakkal who was accused of raping the nun multiple times between 2014 to 2016 during his visit to a convent in this district when he was the bishop of the Jalandhar diocese of the Roman Catholic church.

“We will continue the fight until our sister gets justice. Even if we have to die, we will keep up the fight. Bishop Franco is a man with both money and muscle power,” said Anupama.

Sisters Anupama, Alphy Josephine, Nina Rose and Ancett said that they will go for an appeal in a higher court until the survivor gets justice.

It was after a protest by these four nuns in 2018, that the survivor got large public support and the bishop was arrested by the police.