Action council meets Kerala CM, seek protection for nun

The members met Vijayan and informed him that the victim and the other nuns who supported her feared for their lives and sought protection for them. PTI file photo.

Soon after the prime witness on the Kerala nun rape case died under mysterious circumstances in Punjab, members of the 'Save Our Sisters Action Council', which had recently protested against Bishop Franco Mulakkal, the accused, met chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan seeking protection for the victim and those who supported her.

The members met Vijayan and informed him that the victim and the other nuns who supported her feared for their lives and sought protection for them.

The protest was held recently in Kochi demanding the Bishop's arrest, they said.

In a release, Fr Augustine Vettoly, convener of the action council, said they also wanted the probe to be conducted in a time-bound manner, a special court to be set up for trial proceedings and special prosecutor appointed.

The members also met Kerala Assembly Speaker P Sreeramakrishanan and wanted P C George, MLA, who had made several allegations against the victim, to be removed from the ethics committee and debarred, the release said.

In her complaint to the Kottayam Police in June, the rape victim alleged that Mulakkal raped her at a guest house in Kuravilangad in May 2014 and later sexually exploited her on several occasions.

However, Mulakkal denied the charges as "baseless and concocted," insisting she levelled those as the Catholic order had rejected her demand for favours. 

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