ICWM Demands Justice for the Survivor Nun
The Indian Chrisan Women's Movement (ICWM) stands solidly, every step of the way, with
the survivor nun in her quest for justice, in the Franco Mulakkal case. She began her journey
to expose her rapist, a lile over a year ago, aer having endured 2 years of torture and
repeated abuse by Franco Mulakkal, the Bishop of the Jalandhar diocese.
Now in a leer to the Kerala State's Women's Commission, and the National Women's
Commission, she has revealed the humiliation that she has been experiencing because of a
slander campaign against her, that Mulakkal and his followers are engaged in. In a bid to
defame her, and thus intimidate her, as his trial date approaches (November 11), he has been using his rank within the church hierarchy and his obscene money power, to tarnish her image in social media, especially through an internet channel called Chrisan Times.
The small group of nuns from her convent who have supported the survivor nun are also
being slandered by this same channel. Defying bail conditions, Mulakkal has been engaged in defaming the sisters, as the channel has been one-sidedly discussing the case, unethically posting videos of the Survivor Nun, her fellow sisters and the officials probing the case and has even used abusive language against her and the Sisters, thus mocking their bid for justice.
We condemn this media trial when the actual trial in the case is imminent.
As Indian Christian Women, we regret the inaction of the Church. We demand immediate
protection to the survivor nun and to the witnesses who live in constant fear of ridicule,
slander, abuse and ostracisation and pray for swift disciplinary acon against Mulakkal and
the channel Christian Times. We call on all persons of integrity, men and women, to stand
with the brave sister in her difficult struggle against the all-powerful and the unscrupulous.
We request the Court to take suo moto cognizance of these matters, when the proceedings
against him are opened, so that justice may prevail.
Dr Aruna Gnanadason, Naonal Convener, ICWM & Naonal Team: Dr Kochurani Abraham,
Marcia D'Cunha, Rev Dr Jayachitra Lalitha, Dr Joycia Thorat, Dr Lalnghakthuami, Sushma