The Kuravilangad police on Monday registered a case against Poonjar MLA, PC George for abusing the nun, who was allegedly raped by Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal.
According to media reports, the police have booked a case under section 509 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Under this section, any word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman shall be punished with imprisonment.
The case was registered after the police recorded the statement of the nun, who had given a written complaint to the Kottayam District Police chief last week against PC George for insulting her.
According to a report by the Times of India (ToI), the nun in her complaint had said that the Poonjar MLA had insulted her and her family during the press conference in Kottayam and later at his residence, as well as during the various discussions on news channels. The nun had also stressed on the word “prostitute” which was used by PC George while talking about her during the press conference. In her complaint, the nun went on to say that all of this had caused mental trauma to her.
On September 8, five sisters of the Kuravilangad convent began a protest outside the Kochi High Court demanding the arrest of the rape accused bishop, Franco Mulakkal. Following the protest, Poonjar MLA, PC George in a press conference went on to attack the rape survivor with his words and in his characteristic foul nature, he went on to shame the survivor, even calling her a prostitute before the cameras.
On September 9, it was decided that the survivor nun would meet the media for the first time but later it was cancelled. “After PC George’s press meet, she is not in a frame of mind for it,” said Sister Anupama, one of the five nuns who has stood with the survivor.