Thiruvananthapuram: The National Commission for Women issued summons to independent lawmaker P.C.George for his disagreeable comments against a Kerala nun who accused Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal of raping her.
The loose-lipped Poonjar MLA in a recent press conference referred to the complainant as a ‘prostitute.’
Following this, the National Commission for Women on September 10 required George to present himself before the commission at 11.30 a.m on September 20. The commission asked him to provide an explanation for making such statements he made against the victim.
The commission said it seriously condemns such objectionable and derogatory statements made by a person who occupies a responsible position in the society.
The commission chairperson Rekha Sharma earlier slammed George saying such an incident is shameful. She reportedly demanded strict action against George.
However, after portraying the victim as a woman with loose morals, George continued his tirade against the victim portraying her as blameworthy in the case. He also challenged the women’s commission to take action against him.
The Kerala High court meanwhile sought the state government to furnish information on the action taken following the rape complaint lodged by the nun. While dealing with petitions relating to the case the court further sought the government regarding the measures taken by it to extend protection to the victim. The government has been reportedly asked to furnish the information next Thursday, sources said.
While a group of nuns belonging to the Missionaries of Jesus continued their protest in Kochi demanding the arrest of the rape accused bishop, the Mother General Sr Rejina and three councillors of Missionaries of Jesus issued a fresh statement saying that vested interests were behind the charges levelled against the bishop. The allegation against the bishop is concocted, it said.
A 44-year-old nun at Kuravilangad near Kottayam has accused Franco Mulakkal of raping her on several occasions between 2014 and 2016. Although she lodged a police complaint in this regard on June 27, the police failed to make much progress in the case against the bishop.
source: Mumbai Mirror