Chargesheet filed against rape-accused Franco Mullakal

Ten months after a police complaint, and five years after the crime allegedly took place, ex-Bishop of Jalandhar diocese Franco Mullakkal was formally charged with the crime on Tuesday.

Last June, a nun accused the high-ranking clergyman of raping her for a period of two years, starting April 2014.Some of the charges mentioned include rape, non-consensual non-penile vaginal intercourse, illegal confinement, criminal intimidation and destruction of evidence.

Of the 83 witnesses listed, 25 are nuns and 11 are priests. The statements of 10 main witnesses have been recorded. The charge-sheet has been filed in the first-class judicial magistrate’s court in Pala, Kottayam district.

This is the first time in the country that a charge sheet has been filed against a clergyman of the rank of bishop. “After months of struggle we are happy the case is coming to a logical conclusion...This is the happiest moment for us...truth will prevail finally,” said Sister Anupama, who is one of the fi...

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