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NEW DELHI — A group of In­dian Catholic nuns are stag­ing a rare street protest in the south­ern state of Ker­ala de­mand­ing jus­tice af­ter an al­leged sex­ual as­sault of a nun by a bishop.

Po­lice have called the bishop named in the com­plaint for a sec­ond round of ques­tion­ing next week. The bishop has de­nied wrong­do­ing.

The case comes at a time when the Chris­tian com­mu­nity, which ac­counts for 19% of the state’s pop­u­la­tion, is reel­ing un­der an ero­sion of trust as sex­ual abuse cases in­volv­ing the clergy pile up.

Five priests were ar­rested last month in two dif­fer­ent sex­ual as­sault cases, while last year, a Catholic priest who was try­ing to flee the coun­try was ar­rested af­ter a mi­nor he is ac­cused of hav­ing sex with gave birth.

The nun in a let­ter said she wanted the Vat­i­can to in­ter­vene. She said she was forced to make mat­ters pub­lic af­ter sev­eral at­tempts to seek jus­tice from within the church failed.

The protest, now in its sixth day in Kochi, Ker­ala’s fi­nan­cial hub, is gath­er­ing mo­men­tum as the lo­cals, ac­tivists, writ­ers and politi­cians come out in sup­port.

A nun co-or­di­nat­ing the protest dis­missed al­le­ga­tions that they were try­ing to dis­grace the church. — Reuters.

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