An independent lawmaker waded into a controversy over his derogatory statements on the rape survivor. n an interaction with media, the Kerala MLA PC George, has called the nun who accused Jalandhar bishop Franco Mulakkal of raping her 13 times a prostitute.
The MLA called the nun a “prostitute” in full media glare and questioned her allegations. “What do you call a nun who has sexual relations with someone over a two-year period?”
Playing judge, he went on to compare the “characters” of the victim and the accused. “I am not saying that the Bishop hasn’t done any wrong, but when you weigh his character against that of this nun, it is evident she is not above reproach. She says she was abused 13 times. How is it possible that she didn’t have any complaint 12 times and it only became rape the 13th time? A nun is supposed to be a virgin. Like the mother of Jesus. If a nun loses her virginity, she cannot be treated as a nun.”
George claimed he was not defending the Bishop, but speaking out against the misuse of the sexual abuse laws by women to “frame people of repute”. “I initially thought the Bishop was detestable. But after examining the case, I realise this nun is a troublemaker,” he said (News18)
The legislator’s comments come a day after several nuns took to the streets protesting the delay in action against bishop Mulakkal.
In her complaint filed, the 46-year-old nun alleged that she was sexually abused 13 times between 2014 and 2016.
The nun’s family said that she was hurt by George’s abusive charges against her. She was meant to address the media today. “She wanted to meet the media on Sunday, a day after the protests by the nuns and other supporters. But after this comment, she just locked herself in the room and refused to tale calls or meet anyone for hours. She was very upset”, a family member told NDTV.
The Kerala police questioned Bishop Mullackal last month, but said the case needs more probing as there is contradiction in the statements.
A legal action against Mr George will be taken for hurting the nun’s sentiments.
This is not the first time that PC George has made such 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. He defended main accused and actor Dileep, and questioned why the actress went back to work, inviting the ire of the State Women’s Commission. The commission’s chief MC Josephine said she had received death threats allegedly from the MLA’s supporters.
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