Rape accused former bishop Franco Mulakkal acquitted by Kerala court


Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 14 (IANS): A Kerala court on Friday acquitted Catholic Bishop Franco Mulakkal in the nun rape case.

Kottayam Additional district court judge G.Gopakumar's verdict enabled Franco to walk out free.

The trial extended over 105 days with 39 witnesses being examined and 122 documents produced before the court.

While serving as Bishop of the Jalandhar Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church, he was accused of raping a nun, who belonged to the Missionaries of Jesus congregation.

During his visits between 2014 and 2016 to Kerala, he was accused of raping the 43-year old nun on 13 occasions. Later, he was removed from the charge of the Jalandhar diocese.

A complaint was filed against him in June 2018 in Kerala and Mulakkal was arrested on September 21, 2018 on rape charges.

He secured bail on October 16, 2018.

The charge sheet names 83 witnesses, including the Cardinal of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, Mar George Alencherry, three bishops, 11 priests and 22 nuns.

Of the 83 witnesses, 39 were called and they were heard.

Franco had approached the Kerala High Court and also the Supreme Court to quash the FIR against him, but both the courts failed to do so and the trial began.

Meanwhile, the former Kottayam SP of Police Harisankar who oversaw the probe said he was supremely confident that the verdict would be against the accused.

"This was the least expected as the witnesses did a very clean job. An appeal should be filed," said Harisankar.

The public prosecutor informed the media that an appeal would be filed.

 

 

 

 

 

  

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  • John, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 15 2022

    The great Indian law system, keep appealing until they let you free

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  • James, Mangalore

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    This guy will continue his mission again. Stop Priests and Bishops from doing such things which go against our religion!! People should come out and talk openly about their such deeds. They misuse people fear of God and Religion.

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  • sense_shetty, Mangalore

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    These religious leaders are not there to show you god ..they have an agenda .

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  • Nel, Mangalore

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    If he was punished also, some would be very happy and said to crucify hihimbut now he is acquitted with solid proofs, still some have become High court judges be calling it unfair judgment. Anyway, Justice served for baseless allegations to the innocent. victory for justice always. Satyamev Jayathe.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Sat, Jan 15 2022

    Nel Mangalore ,can you imagine a Nun will file a case of raping her oft,when he is innocent?Jana marla Jaatre Marla?Now public who support Nun are simply accusing the Bishop?Hope if there is a last judgement in Heaven as we believe ,then hope God too has not closed eyes.or will not close his Eys.Only money speakd here.

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  • Sanjay, Hebri

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    When they only deny justice to their own, then why always blame us (majority)???

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    Franco Mulakkal is Smart & Shrewd. The poor nun fell into his Trap ...

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  • Sanjay, Hebri

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    So all of sudden you got enlightenment?? Great

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  • John Tauro, M'lore

    Sat, Jan 15 2022

    Out of 83 witnesses only 39 were called (less than 50%). One of most influential witnesses passed away (or eliminated) during the course of the trial. Everything is fair in love (rape) and war (trial).

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri.

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    Readers, do powerful, Influential individuals or organizations ever get convicted ?? The blatant answer is " NO " Bishop Franco Mallakal, is a powerful clergyman, wielding enormous financial and political power.. His body language, swagger, was evident, as he conducted himself with aplomb !!! The system has severely let down those sisters.. The last options are now to approach the Supreme Court of India !!!!

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  • Manohar, Udupi

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    Sins are forgiven by court....

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  • Justin Lobo, Bangalore

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    Mark 2:5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. Mark 2:7 Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only. Jesus forgave the sins of the people and they are healed completely.

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  • Minu, Margao

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    Manohar, Upudi But not in God's court.

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  • Sanjay, Hebri

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    People from their community has failed to provide justice... Rip justice.

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  • Ronin, Udupi

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    It's not so easy to speak up against authority and power, especially when you have been the victim of an act by a representative of that authority. If anything, she is brave to come out even now and fight for some justice.

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  • Peter, Bengaluru

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    Beware of mad dogs. They are let loose in the open.

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  • Joel, Mangalore

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    If the police has proof then they should help the nun appeal it in higher courts

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  • Lawrence, Mangalore

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    We can know the truth only on Judgement Day ..!

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  • Glen, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 16 2022

    Judgment day is not a joke.

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  • Abdul, Vidya Nagar, Kasaragod.

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    Very 😢 sad news.

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  • Peter, Bengaluru

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    No justice is expected

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    It's obvious the nun was expecting some favors that is why she kept quite the first 12 times ...

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    first time in 70 years...

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  • U. Suresh, Udupi

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    U have guessed correctly. Ur prize is on the way.

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  • John V., Mangalore

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    If the nun was expecting favours, she would not have become nun. What can be expected from male chauvinists like you. Stop stupid comments at least for a change.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    John, Why did she keep quite first 12 times ...

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  • SAN, Mangaluru

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    Now he will say you are not a Catholic😅😂

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  • John Tauro, M'lore

    Sat, Jan 15 2022

    Not only a chauvinist, he's a hardcore fanatic too who doesn't hesitate from adoring culprits in the community. His comments were quite different regarding Asaram Bapu and Swamy Nithyananda.

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  • aithappa moolya, manglaore

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    kyon ki Loha Garam Tha....baaad mein tanda pad gaya..lol

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri.

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    Dude !! Your remarks are " Obnoxious " An expression by an individual with a " Sick mind inside a sick body "

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  • Jeevan, Kudlaa

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    Review petition must be filled...

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    go ahead from u who stops u 2 make review petition

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  • Justin Lobo, Bangalore

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    Asaram Baapu has filed his review petition in Supreme Court.

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  • Nancy, Belman

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    Now please careful. He is out and free.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    Nancy, Franco Mulakkal is very Smart ...

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  • Nancy, Belman

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    Yes. I can understand.

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    Can't say he is smart.

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    clean chit is smart?! or fart

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  • sanjay pinto, manglaore

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    Praise be to God...Bishop was falsely accused by the nun just because she was not given the position she asked for..Bishop stood by justice and God stood by him....Praise one and the only supreme God in this world Jesus Christ..glory be to his name..

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  • Steve DXB, Mangalore

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    Now judgement is delivered. let us not judge any one.If Priest really committed the said crime definitely he cannot escape from the judgement which is awaiting him from God

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  • U. Suresh, Udupi

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    Thiss happening first time in 70 years. Guess whose wordings are this.

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  • Shivappa, Mangalore

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    Finally justice delivered! May god bless all minorities!

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  • Rajesh, Udupi

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    Justice denied to the nun, who too is a minority. alas, we have heartless low lifes who in an urge to celebrate it as some sort of victory of minototy my foot, have just forgotten the poor women.

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  • sanjay pinto, manglaore

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    you dont do the work of putting ghee in fire....being catholics we know what has happened...it is just a complaint for gain by the nun and nothing else..

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  • Rajesh, Udupi

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    putting ghee in fire is what you are expert yet. But when the mater comes to own bottom, then hush up. I still feel pity for the women, bcz no one gives moral support to her and million others

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    @rajesh, millions of women didn't get justice in da ache din?! what happened 2 beti bachaavo beti padaavo?! jumla slogan?!

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  • Rajesh, Udupi

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    when govt cant ensure justice to her, rather the rape accused is in all smiles sowing sign and chelas like you are celebrating, what does that mean? other sisters wont come forward and complain na? so, slogan failed them right?

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  • Mangalurian, Mangaluru

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    The woman accusing him was a superior general of the congregation (covering four states). She lost the election. After being the "amma" of the whole congregation over six years, she did not want to accept the defeat. So she approached the bishop. He naturally followed the rules and declared the other woman the superior general of the congregation. So the first woman accused the bishop of rape THIRTEEN times. Accusing is easy. But when there is no substance, the court will acquit the accused. According to the SC, over 80% accusations of rape are proven to be false. India's rape laws destroy men.

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  • AD, Mangalore

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    Nuns should appeal.

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  • Ajay Rebello, Kallianpur

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    Hope they still have the strength after ALL they have been subjected to. They need our prayers and support.

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  • Michael D'Souza, Bengaluru

    Fri, Jan 14 2022

    May be the court has acquitted him but if he was involved in what he was accused of then there will be a day where he has to appear at the highest court where he has to pay for his sins.

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