Kerala court acquits Bishop Franco Mulakkal in nun rape case
Court has acquitted Bishop following lack of evidence. Court has conducted a trial for two years.
Thiruvananthapuram: The Kottayam Session Court has acquitted Bishop Franco Mulakkal, who was accused of rapping a nun several times.
Court has acquitted Bishop Franco Mulakkal for lack of evidence. Franco Mulakkal, the first Catholic bishop was arrested for charges of a nun several times between 2014 and 2016.
Kottayam Session court has acquitted him of all charges after a trial that was conducted for two years.
It was alleged that Bishop has accused of charges of raping a nun from a congregation under the Jalandhar diocese. She accused Bishop of charges of rape. It was alleged that Bishop raped her several times during his visit to her convent.
Kerala government then constituted a special investigation team that investigated the allegations arrested the Bishop in September 2018 and charged him with wrongful confinement, rape, unnatural sex and criminal intimidation. The trial started in November 2019. During trial, the court had restrained the print and electronic media from publishing anything related to the trial without its permission