Catholic bishop in India arrested after being accused of raping nun

Catholic bishop accused of raping nun arrested by Indian police

Catholic bishop accused of raping nun arrested by Indian police

There is no such law (that bars arrest during pendency of bail plea).

It is up to the counsel of the accused to apply for bail and prove the grounds for issue of bail.

Mr Sankar told reporters on Friday that the police would now investigate charges of rape, illegal confinement, unnatural sex and intimidation.

"If the accused hasn't been able to procure anticipatory bail, the police can not delay arrest any further". The sister is seen said, "Why did she [victim] meet the Bishop alone?"

The case comes at a time when the Christian community, which accounts for 19 percent of the state's population, is reeling under an erosion of trust as sexual abuse cases involving the clergy pile up.

The police said they were trying to reach to a conclusion after solving the contradictions in the statements. Reportedly, the court has also asked the Kerala Government to file an affidavit as well.

What does the police have to say?

But these delays continue, like it is evident from the case of Mulakkal.

In June, the 43-year-old nun, also a mother superior, had complained to the police that Mullakkal had raped her 13 times between 2014 and 2016. Mulakkal has maintained that the allegations against him were a "cooked up story to wreak vengeance" for the actions taken by him on various complaints received against the nun. He appeared before a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Kerala police for the second day on Thursday.

Protests erupted outside the crime branch office in Thrippunithura where Mulakkal was questioned on Thursday.

Indian police on Friday arrested a Catholic bishop accused by a nun of repeatedly raping her over a period of two years.

When asked whether Mulakkal can be arrested before September 25, the DGP said, "Legally there is no problem".

On September 16, the Bishop had written to Pope Francis, seeking permission to step down temporarily from his post. From a small protest by five nuns, it has virtually grown into a movement over the past week with nuns and priests from various churches joining in.

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