Congregation reveals nun’s identity in 3-page report
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.