Police in India’s Kerala state have filed a case against a Catholic priest and five nuns after a complaint by a nun dismissed from her congregation this month that the six defamed and harassed her through social media.
Sister Lucy Kalapura complained to police that Father Noble Thomas Parackal and five nuns of the Franciscan Clarist Congregation (FCC) collaborated to share CCTV footage of her entering her convent with two male journalists on social media with the intention of defaming her.
The media and Sister Kalapura identified the two men in the video as journalists who had come to discuss with her the publication of her autobiography. She told media that the front door of her convent is usually kept closed for security reasons and residents generally use a side entrance, which she also used to take the journalists inside.
The nun claimed that several church leaders “ganged up” against her after she supported five nuns who publicly protested last September in Kochi to demand the arrest of Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar after he was accused of raping a nun.
“This is an organized move. Most churchmen are behind me because I did not heed them [those who ‘ganged up’ on her] and took a stand for justice,” said Sister Kalapura, who teaches in a Kerala school.
Police charged Bishop Mulakkal in April with raping a nun multiple times. A 2,000-page charge sheet listed charges of wrongful confinement, rape of a woman incapable of giving consent, causing grievous bodily harm during rape, unnatural offense and criminal intimidation.