Saji Thomas is a freelance journalist based in Bhopal. He has worked for several mainstream newspapers, such as The Times of India. He writes regularly for Matters India, a news portal that collaborates with GSR and focuses on religious and social issues.
The prosecution formally appeals acquittal of an Indian bishop, Franco Mulakkal, in a 2018 rape case. The appeal claims the trial court downplayed the evidence the Catholic sister and witnesses provided.
Weeks after a not-guilty verdict was pronounced in favor of Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal, assessments raise questions of fairness, influence and progress in the church's response to abuse accusations.
A court in the southwestern Indian state of Kerala Jan. 14 acquitted Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar in the historic case of the rape of a nun, saying the prosecution failed to prove the charges against him.
With the high-profile trial of a bishop accused of raping a nun 13 times nearing the end, an Indian high court overruled a move to transfer the judge. Critics had called the transfer highly unusual and some alleged that Catholic Church leaders had lobbied for the change.