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Missionaries of Jesus booked for releasing photo of nun who accused Jalandhar bishop of raping her

India Today logo India Today 14-09-2018 P S Gopikrishnan Unnithan

Hours after the Missionaries of Jesus released a photo of a nun who has accused Jalandhar bishop Franco Mulakkal of raping her, Kerala police on Friday registered a complaint against the Missionaries of Jesus.

The Missionaries of Jesus Congregation (MJC) flouted anti-rape laws by releasing a photograph of the nun. A case has been registered at the Kottayam Police Station under section 228A.

"We are giving a complaint to the police and will take legal action. They are trying to emotionally crush the complainant. We will go ahead with this case no matter what," said the complainant's brother.

In a press release, the MJC resorted to revealing the identity of the victim by publishing a photograph of her sitting with the accused Bishop Franco and others at a function. The photograph is said to be taken on 23rd May 2015.

The press release states that the 5 nuns along with 4 people from outside the convent have conspired against the Bishop. They have also alleged tampering of evidence by saying that the visitors diary has been tampered with and the nun and her companions had access to the CCTV cameras and control room. "The CCTV control is in a common place and the log book was handed over to the new mother superior in 2017. The log was entered by a nun who wasn't even part of the congregation," said the complainant's sister.

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The Missionaries also added that the findings of their enquiry report will soon be submitted to the Kerala police.

Sandhya Raju, a petitioner in this case will also move court in the matter on Monday.

The Kerala High court on Thursday stated that the investigation in this case was going on in a "fair and professional" manner. So far the investigation has crossed 5 states, 7 districts in Kerala.

Eighty one witnesses have been examined and four objects and 31 documents have been seized. Round the clock protection has been provided to the accused, with two policemen stationed outside the convent at all times.

The next hearing in the case is scheduled for September 24.

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