Even as the Kerala police probing the rape case filed by a nun failed to make progress in the case, an independent lawmaker waded into a controversy over his derogatory statements against the rape survivor on Saturday.
In an interaction with media, PC George questioned the character of the nun and called her – a prostitute.
“Is there any doubt that the nun is a prostitute? 12 times it was pleasure, 13th time it became a rape? Where was she when it happened 12 times? Whom is she telling this to? Why did she not complain on the first time it happened?… Let the three sisters be examined. Let us see if they are holy”, said the lawmaker from Poonjar, while speaking on the charges against Jaladhar Bishop Franco Mullackal.
In her complaint filed at Kuravilangad police station, the 46-year-old nun alleged that Bishop Mullackal sexually abused her 13 times between 2014 and 2016.
While NDTV has not been able to access the original unedited footage, the edited versions from the press conference, clearly showed the MLA make these abusive remarks.
The nun’s family said they would initiate legal action against Mr George for hurting her sentiments.
They said that the nun was hurt by George’s abusive charges against her.
On Saturday, members of various Catholic reformation organisations took to the streets to protest the alleged laxity in the probe against the bishop.
The nuns who live along with the survivor nun in the same hostel also joined the protest and extended their support to her for the first time.
“We want action against the Bishop. He should be asked to step down from his position, by the church. He should be arrested”, Advocate Indulekha told NDTV.
“Seventy-four days have passed since the complaint was made against Bishop Franco. The police recorded her statements several times. But the accused bishop was interrogated only once,” a nun who participated in the protest said.
The nuns alleged that police probing the case were trying to sabotage the investigation.
The Kerala police which is probing this case, questioned Bishop Mullackal last month, but said the case needs more probing as there is contradiction in the statements.
This is not the first time that PC George has made callous comments on gender sensitive issues. The lawmaker faced backlash in August 2017 when he continued to make “insensitive” remarks against an actress who was abducted and sexually assaulted in a car in Kochi in February that year.