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.

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Accuser, prosecution file appeals against Bishop Franco Mulakkal's acquittal in rape case

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.

After bishop's acquittal, India's Catholics weigh jurisprudence, church progress against abuse

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.

Bishop Franco Mulakkal acquitted in alleged rapes of a nun in India

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.

Court reverses judge's transfer in high-profile trial of Indian bishop in nun's rape case

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.