Mu­lakkal in­ter­fer­ing in Ja­land­har dio­cese, say protest­ing nuns

It comes a day af­ter the dio­cese coun­tered an e-mail to nun that they will not be ousted from the con­vent

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - Punjab -

af­ter they com­plained to him against the head of their con­gre­ga­tion, Mis­sion­ar­ies of Je­sus un­der the Ja­land­har dio­cese, for is­su­ing trans­fer or­ders to four of them who took part in the protest de­mand­ing the ar­rest of Mu­lakkal.

Another nun, Sis­ter Neena Rose, who is stay­ing with the rape sur­vivor, was asked to re­port to the Mis­sion­ar­ies of Je­sus con­gre­ga­tion’s Ja­land­har con­vent and meet its su­pe­rior gen­eral Regina Kan­damthottu on Jan­uary 26.

Kavumpu­ram, is­sued a clar­i­fi­ca­tion coun­ter­ing bishop An­gelo hours af­ter his e-mail com­mu­ni­ca­tion was made pub­lic, say­ing even though the con­gre­ga­tion of Mis­sion­ar­ies of Je­sus is of dioce­san right, the in­ter­nal run­ning of the con­gre­ga­tion is left to the su­pe­rior gen­eral and her coun­cil.

“The bishop of Ja­land­har does not nor­mally in­ter­fere un­less the over­all in­ter­ests of the church de­mand such in­ter­fer­ence. By this clar­i­fi­ca­tion, the apos­tolic ad­min­is­tra­tor has not in­ter­fered in the in­ter­nal af­fairs of this con­gre­ga­tion, there­fore the or­der to re­turn to their right­ful com­mu­ni­ties by the mother gen­eral is not can­celled but stands,” the state­ment quot­ing Fr Kavumpu­ram had said.

The protest­ing nuns stay with the sur­vivor nun in the con­vent in Ku­rav­i­lan­gad. Talk­ing to me­dia on Sun­day, Sis­ter Anu­pama re­jected the clar­i­fi­ca­tion state­ment is­sued by Kavumpu­ram, say­ing they would not move out of the con­vent in Ku­rav­i­lan­gad. “Clar­i­fi­ca­tion state­ment (is­sued by Kavumpu­ram) is not ac­cept­able for us. We will con­tinue to stay in this con­vent till the case is over,” she said.

The con­gre­ga­tion of nuns -Mis­sion­ar­ies of Je­sus -- had di­rected the nuns to join their pre­vi­ously-as­signed con­vents, ac­cord­ing to the trans­fer or­ders is­sued be­tween March and May last year.the nuns Al­phy, Anu­pama, Josephine and Ancitta were served no­tice by the su­pe­rior gen­eral. GUR­DASPUR: In the wake of the demise of ac­tor-politi­cian Vinod Khanna, who re­mained MP from the Gur­daspur seat for four times, the Bharatiya Janata Party is find­ing it dif­fi­cult to find some­one who could carry the day as the Con­gress, the rul­ing party in the state, is likely to field a heavy­weight this time as well.

When the seat fell va­cant af­ter Khanna’s death in April 2017, the saf­fron party could not re­tain it in the by­poll held in Oc­to­ber that year. Party can­di­date Swaran Salaria, a Mum­bai-based busi­ness­man and a na­tive of a vil­lage in Pathankot dis­trict, was de­feated by state Con­gress pres­i­dent Su­nil Jakhar by a thump­ing mar­gin of 1.93 lakh votes.

Salaria is try­ing to get the party ticket this time too, it is learnt. To strengthen his claim, he made it a point to re­main present on the stage dur­ing Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s rally in Gur­daspur on Jan­uary 3.

But Modi’s praise for late Vinod Khanna in the pres­ence of his wife Kavita Khanna made her claim for the ticket stronger. She has started meet­ing people and the party rank and file in the con­stituency to mo­bilise their sup­port for her can­di­da­ture. “I want to re­alise the dreams of my hus­band. I am ready to shift to Gur­daspur

MU­LAKKAL WAS AR­RESTED LAST YEAR AF­TER AL­LE­GA­TIONS BY A NUN THAT HE RAPED HER BE­TWEEN 2014 AND 2016

per­ma­nently,” she said ad­dress­ing a gath­er­ing re­cently.

Also, the name of Vinod Khanna’s son from his first wife, Ak­shaye Khanna, is also do­ing the rounds for the ticket.

Among lo­cal party lead­ers, the names of for­mer BJP state pres­i­dent Ash­wani Sharma, ex-min­is­ter Mas­ter Mo­han Lal and Su­jan­pur MLA Di­nesh Singh Babbu are also do­ing the rounds. Of

these,babbu’s claim is the strong­est as he is a three-time MLA.

From the Con­gress’ side, sit­ting MP Su­nil Jakhar, who has a good elec­toral record, is most likely to be the rul­ing party’s can­di­date from the seat.

Con­gress’s Pun­jab af­fairs in-charge Asha Ku­mari’s state­ment in favour of Jakhar has also strength­ened his can­di­da­ture. But since Jakhar’s de­trac­tors tag him as an ‘out­sider’ (he be­longs to Abo­har in Fazilka dis­trict), other as­pi­rants are also hope­ful to get the ticket.

Also, se­nior party leader and Ra­jya Sabha mem­ber Par­tap Singh Ba­jwa may throw his hat in the ring. Also, Pun­jab Health

Sys­tems Cor­po­ra­tion (PHSC) chair­man Amardeep Cheema ap­plied for ticket. Both hail from Gur­daspur dis­trict.

Ba­jwa may try to get the ticket as his term as Ra­jya Sabha MP is com­ing to an end in 2021. Both are Jat Sikh, the com­mu­nity which has a size­able pres­ence in the con­stituency.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) does not have a face to reckon with from the seg­ment. AAP’S can­di­date Maj Gen (retd) Suresh Kha­juria fin­ished a dis­tant third with only 23,579 votes in the by­poll. Party sources say nei­ther he is ac­tive in pol­i­tics nor he is show­ing any in­ter­est to con­test the up­com­ing polls.

FILE PHOTO

The protest­ing nuns at Ku­rav­i­lan­gad in Ker­ala.

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