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#ArrestBishopFranco: NCW pulls up Kerala government for not acting against MLA PC George

The National Commission for Women on Tuesday said the state government failed to act against MLA PC George, who used abusive language against a nun, and also to take steps on the protest by nuns in Kochi.

Speaking to GoaChronicle.com, NCW Chairperson Rekha Sharma said the women’s body will take the matter to the Chief Minister and that atrocities against women are on the rise in Kerala, once he is back from the US, where he is undergoing treatment.

She also informed that the Commission has suo moto taken cognisance of the incident that the body of a 54-year-old nun was found in a well in a convent in Kerala’s Pathanapuram.

“The Commission will ensure fair investigation and speedy delivery of justice to the nun victims and survivors,” Sharma said.

The Commission has also summoned Mr George, an independent MLA in Kerala Assembly, on September 20 for abusive language against a nun, who has accused Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal of sexually assaulting her multiple times between 2014 and 2016.

“Considering the gravity of the matter, you are hereby required to provide explanation for making such irresponsible comments for which you are required to appear before the commission on September 20,” the Chairperson said in a letter to George.

Acting on the survivor’s complaint, the police special investigation team, which inquired the matter, informed the Kerala High Court that initial probe confirmed that the bishop abused his power and ”raped the nun on several occasions”.

The nun alleged that the Bishop is using money power to influence the case and hence the police is not arresting him.

In solidarity with the survivor, a group of nuns are sitting dharna, alleging that the police is protecting the bishop, blowing up into a major controversy in the state.

Savio Rodrigues

Savio Rodrigues Founder & Editor-in-Chief GoaChronicle.com

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