Sister Of Kerala Nun Who Accused Bishop Of Rape Alleges Death Threats

Franco Mulakkal, who was arrested on Friday night, was sent to a 12-day judicial custody by a court in Kerala's Kottayam district on Monday.

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Sister Of Kerala Nun Who Accused Bishop Of Rape Alleges Death Threats

The woman said she was threatened for protesting against the rape-accused bishop. (Representational)


Thiruvananthapuram: 

The sister of the Kerala nun who has accused a bishop of raping her has filed a police complaint saying that she and her family have received death threats.

The woman has alleged that she and her family have been threatened for protesting against the accused bishop Franco Mullakal.

The complaint letter names two disciples of the bishop identified as Thomas Chittuparaban and Unni.

Franco Mulakkal, who was arrested on Friday night, was sent to a 12-day judicial custody by a court in Kerala's Kottayam district on Monday.

He was produced before the Pala magistrate court after completion of his two-day police custody. The court remanded him to judicial custody till October 6. The priest has been shifted to the sub-jail in Pala after medical examination at a hospital there.

Meanwhile, the priest moved a bail plea in the Kerala High Court on Monday, after it was rejected by the magistrate court on Saturday. Justice Raja Vijayaraghavan posted the plea on Thursday for consideration.

The court said the anticipatory bail plea filed by the bishop last week had become infructuous with his arrest.

In her complaint in June, the nun had alleged that the priest raped her in May 2014 and sexually-exploited her on several occasions. The nun had said she approached the police as church authorities did not act on her repeated complaints against the clergyman. However, the bishop has denied the charges.

(With inputs from PTI)



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