Con­gre­ga­tion re­veals nun’s iden­tity in 3-page re­port

The New Indian Express - - TAMIL NADU / SOUTH -

THE pre­lim­i­nary find­ings of an in­ter­nal com­mis­sion, set up by the Mis­sion­ar­ies of Je­sus Con­gre­ga­tion to probe the rape al­le­ga­tions against Ja­land­har Bishop Franco Mu­lakkal, al­leged on Fri­day that the five protest­ing nuns have hatched a con­spir­acy in col­lu­sion with four per­sons who have no re­la­tion with the Church.

The find­ings, re­leased by MJ Con­gre­ga­tion pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer Sr Amala, how­ever, trig­gered a con­tro­versy af­ter the three-page re­port also re­vealed the iden­tity of the vic­tim nun. By pub­lish­ing a photo of the nun sit­ting along with the bishop at a house-warm­ing func­tion on May 23, 2015, the MJ Con­gre­ga­tion in­vites pun­ish­ment un­der Sec­tion 376 of the In­dian Pe­nal Code.

Since the nun has al­leged sex­ual abuse from 2014 to 2016, the MJ Con­gre­ga­tion re­port claimed that the nun had re­quested to par­tic­i­pate in pri­vate func­tions at­tended by the bishop dur­ing the same pe­riod. “It is a proven fact that if a per­son is be­ing abused by some­one, she will not vol­un­teer to go or par­tic­i­pate in events which are at­tended by her per­pe­tra­tor,” ar­gued the MJ Con­gre­ga­tion.

The re­port also al­leged that the five nuns, who are tak­ing part in a protest at High Court Junc­tion in Kochi, have also been in­flu­enced by ra­tio­nal­ists. The re­lease said once the fi­nal re­port is pre­pared af­ter get­ting fur­ther proof on the con­spir­acy, it will be handed over to the au­thor­i­ties. RE­SPOND­ING to the re­ports that a non-bail­able ar­rest war­rant was is­sued against him with re­gard to the protest staged in Ma­ha­rash­tra eight years ago, Chief Min­is­ter N Chan­drababu Naidu on Fri­day said he only protested against the Babli project as it would make North Te­lan­gana a desert.

“I heard the re­ports of court case and is­suance of ar­rest war­rant against me. I did not com­mit any crime. In the erst­while un­di­vided Andhra Pradesh, I protested against Babli on Go­davari river as it was a project within a project that would harm the in­ter­ests of North Te­lan­gana,” he said, while ad­dress­ing farm­ers in Gun­tur dis­trict.

Naidu al­leged that Prime Min­is­ter Modi, who has been ‘in­sti­gat­ing’ YSRC chief YS Ja­gan­mo­han Reddy and Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan against him till now, was now pro­vok­ing Te­lan­gana CM K Chan­drasekhar Rao against him. He ac­cused the BJP gov­ern­ment of try­ing to ar­rest him through an old case.

He said, “Babli project would make North Te­lan­gana a desert. Hence, I fought against the project as an Op­po­si­tion Leader. I did not com­mit any crime and I am ready to fight for the cause of the peo­ple with­out any fear of the court no­tices.”

Naidu re­called how the Ma­ha­rash­tra po­lice had ar­rested him and other TDP lead­ers. “I told them that we were not do­ing any­thing wrong and asked them to do what they wanted. A case was reg­is­tered. Later, we were shifted to Hy­der­abad in a spe­cial plane,” he ex­plained.

An ar­rest war­rant was is­sued by the Dharmabad court in Nanded dis­trict of Ma­ha­rash­tra on Thurs­day against Naidu and 15 oth­ers per­tain­ing to the case in 2010. Po­lice were asked to ar­rest Naidu and other TDP lead­ers in con­nec­tion with the case and pro­duce them be­fore the court on Septem­ber 21.

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