Kerala: Church Warns Nun Who Protested Against Rape-Accused Bishop

The Logical Indian Crew Kerala

January 10th, 2019 / 12:44 PM

Kerala Nun Threatened

Image Credit: The Indian Express

The Catholic Church in Kerala has reportedly sent a warning to Sister Lucy Kalapura, a nun who has been the forerunner of the series of protests against rape-accused Bishop Franco Mulakal.

Kerala nun threatened with dismissal

The notice has been issued by her congregation for leading a life “against principles of religious life”, for “attending channel discussions”, and writing articles in “non-Christian newspapers”. The Indian Express reported that the warning, which threatened to dismiss her from the congregation, was issued by Sr. Ann Joseph FCC, Superior General of the Franciscan Clarist Congregation (FCC).

According to PTI, the nun was asked to provide an explanation to Superior General sister Ann Joseph at Generalate of the Congregation earlier on Wednesday. A letter sent to Sr Kalapura which has been accessed by the daily said, “Your deeds on 20th September 2018 and on the following days were of most grave external scandal and harm to the Church and the FCC.”

“Through Facebook, channel discussions and articles you belittled the Catholic leadership by making false accusations and tried to bring down the sacraments,” it further read. One of the main charges levelled against her was her participation in the protests in September 2018 against the rape-accused Bishop. A slew of other charges has also been raised.

The Week has reported that this is not the first time that Sr Kalapura has received such a treatment from the superiors as in September, she was barred from performing church duties in Wayanad. A similar notice was served to Father Augustine Vattoly, convenor of the ‘Save our Sisters’ (SOS) campaign in November, two months after he rallied against inaction in the rape case.

What had happened?

Three months after the arrest of rape accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal, the five nuns who were previously rallying for the arrest of the Bishop, have threatened to once again begin a protest if a chargesheet is not filed. According to the nuns, who led a protest against the Bishop, said, that the state government is yet to appoint a public prosecutor as well. The Hindustan Times reported sister Anupama as saying, “We fear a deliberate attempt to weaken the case. If the situation continues like this, we will be forced to hit the streets again.”

It had been previously reported that Bishop Franco Mulakkal, the former head of the diocese of Jalandhar was accused of repeatedly raping a nun of the Missionaries of Jesus congregation in Kerala since 2014. As her plea to the church authorities went unheard, she finally lodged a complaint against the bishop in the month of June 2018. In the month of August 2018, the Bishop was charged under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code following the complaint of the nun. The police failed to arrest him due to lack of evidence.

Also Read: Kerala: Nuns Threaten To Resume Protest If No Chargesheet Is Filed Against Rape Accused Bishop


Written by : Sromona Bhattacharyya

Edited by : Poorbita Bagchi

Related Stories

Sister Lucy Dismissed

Sister Lucy, Who Participated In Protest Against Rape-Accused Bishop Mulakkal, Dismissed By Congregation

JNU Vice-Chancellor Sends Notice

48 JNU Teachers Who Protested Against ‘Harassment’, Served Notice By VC

Kerala: Chargesheet Filed Against Rape-Accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal; To Go On Court Trial

Nuns Transferred Kerala

Kerala: Four Nuns Who Protested Against Rape-Accused Bishop Served Transfer Notice

Nuns Protest Kerala

Kerala: Nuns Threaten To Resume Protest If No Chargesheet Is Filed Against Rape Accused Bishop

Nun Rape Witness Dead

Kerala Nun Rape: Father Who Testified Against Bishop Franco Found Dead

Latest on The Logical Indian


From JNU To IIT, Students Across Universities Mobilise To Fight Against Privatisation Of Education


Move To Capitalise Trade War: India May Soon Give Incentives To Tesla, 323 Other Companies, To Set Up Factories


“Have To Quit JNU, If Fee Hike Isn’t Rolled Back”: Students From Poor Background Fear For Their Careers


Analysis: Amit Shah Asks CRPF To Chase Urban Naxals, Ignites Old Rhetoric On Crackdown


Indian Army Reduces Sniper Rifles Orders By Nearly 70%, Cites Budgetary Constraints


Bengaluru Made Anti-Cancer Device Gets ‘Breakthrough’ Tag From USFDA


Stories that deserve attention, delivered to your inbox!

Handpicked, newsworthy stories which deserve the attention of a rational generation.