Expressing solidarity with the nuns protesting in Kochi, director Major Ravi said it was everyone's responsibility to fight for their justice.

If Dileep was arrested based on harassment complaint why not Fr Franco Major Ravi
news Sexual Harassment Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 15:29

Malayalam filmmaker Major Ravi, who came to express solidarity with the protesting nuns in Kochi on Wednesday, drew a comparison between the alleged sexual harassment of the nun by Jalandhar bishop Franco Mulakkal and the actor abduction case last year, in which actor Dileep was arrested.

“Let me take a small example. Dileep was also arrested based on a similar complaint. Dileep could also have said that he has an association called AMMA, let it investigate and decide. But no one did that. For such attacks (on women), we should not take the support of associations,” said Major Rav, while addressing the media.

He expressed his concerns over the delay in the arrest or taking any action even days after a complaint was made. “In case of such an accusation, an action must be taken, irrespective of the high positions Fr Franco holds. No church can give an answer to the public. Abhaya case is also in a similar situation. Even after 26 years, nothing has happened. Society should not tolerate such incidents. Every person has a responsibility to support women. We have to shout for their justice,” Major Ravi said, representing his group, Indian Anti Corruption Movement.

On asked about the political influence that the Jalandhar bishop Franco Mulakkal might have, Major Ravi said he condemns it. “If someone inside (a political party) does something wrong, is it right to sacrifice the whole society? Irrespective of the political party, you should keep such a wrongdoer aside and take them back only if they are proven innocent. They don’t understand that what they do to keep 10 votes is making them lose thousands.”

Five nuns of the Missionaries of Jesus have been protesting against Bishop Franco Mulakal in front of the Kerala High Court. On Thursday, the Kerala police filed an affidavit, purportedly detailing why the Jalandhar bishop has not been arrested even after 79 days since the rape survivor nun filed an FIR against him, and six days after the group of nuns began protesting police inaction in the case.

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