Sr. Anupama along with three other nuns who had pledged support for the nun allegedly raped by Bishop Franco Mulakkal have penned down a letter to the Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan seeking help in this matter.
In their letter, the nuns stated that the Bishop is very powerful and can sabotage the case. They urged CM to ensure that they are not transferred.
The nuns, who led the agitation against the Bishop last year, were directed to leave their convent in Kottayam district, in line with a transfer order issued by their congregation last year.
“Their aim is to single me out and to harass and torture me. My life will be in danger if such a situation arises,” the survivor nun has alleged in her letter.
Sr. Nina Rose, who also fought for justice for the survivor nun, has not been asked to leave the convent. While Sr. Alphy has been transferred to a convent at Pakartala in Bihar, Sr. Ancitta and Sr. Josephine have been directed to join their convent in Lalmatia, Jharkhand. Sr. Anupama has been asked to report at a convent in Punjab.
In their letter to the CM, the nuns alleged that the transfer orders were aimed at splitting them and “to sabotage the case” against Bishop Franco Mulakkal.
“Bishop Franco is supported by some of the church authorities and his henchmen. They are making false propagation and character assassination against us. The aim of the present transfer orders is to pressure and threaten us as all of us are prominent witnesses in the case,” the four nuns alleged in the letter.
They claimed that their “fate of life” itself would be unpredictable if they were transferred to distant regions.
“They want to split us and put us into different locations in India. We will not be able to appear and give evidence before the court at the trial stage in such a situation,” they said in the letter.
Bishop Franco Mulakkal was arrested on September 21, 2018, on charges of rape, unnatural sex, criminal intimidation and illegal confinement, three months after the complaint by the victim and protests by her fellow nuns in Ernakulam.
In the complaint filed on June 28, 2018, he was accused of raping her 13 times from 2014 to 2016 at Kuravilangad. Franco, who got bail on October 15, received a rousing welcome from his followers in Jalandhar when he reached there.