Since March 25, the 21-day lockdown, a response to the coronavirus pandemic, has severely restricted the movements and activities of nuns of various congregations, and their more than 1.37 billion countrymen.
In a letter to Cardinal Oswald Gracias, the group of Catholic women in India assert that the rape-accused Bishop Mulakkal's presence at the bishop's house in Jalandhar threatens the case's fair trial.
The Franciscan Clarist congregation has expelled Sr. Lucy Kalappura, one of its members who had questioned the official church's indifference to a nun who says a Catholic bishop raped her. The congregation cited other reasons for expelling Kalappura, such as buying a car without getting the required permission from her superiors and violating other rules.
Sr. Lissy Vadakkel gave a statement against Bishop Franco Mulakkal, who is accused of raping an Indian sister. Since then, Vadakkel says, she has been facing coercion from the higher-ups in her congregation.