TAMIL NADU

Kerala police criticised for delay

Administrative Reforms Commission chairman V.S. Achuthanandan on Saturday castigated the State police for what he termed their delay in prosecuting Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal against whom a nun had raised the charge of rape.

Mr. Achuthanandan said it was a damning indictment of the State police that a set of nuns had to come out publicly in protest against the law enforcement’s apathy to the sister’s complaint. The government should view the development seriously.

Throwing his weight behind the nun’s demand for a free and fair inquiry into her allegation, Mr. Achuthanandan said the police had allowed the accused bishop to range freely. Thereby, they had accorded him a two-month window of time to persuade the victim, either through inducement or threat, to withdraw her complaint.

For the past two months, the bishop’s victim and her family had been in a state of distress.

He slammed independent legislator P.C. George for uncaringly disparaging the victim and her family in a foul and condemnable language in their time of extreme pain. The lawmaker should have supported the victim’s cause instead of shaming her, the former Chief Minister said.

Despite overwhelming evidence, the police have not attempted to arrest or question the bishop, Mr. Achuthanandan said.

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