Saji Thomas is a freelance journalist based in Bhopal, a central Indian city. He has worked for several mainstream newspapers such as The Times of India.
A district court in Kottayam has directed Bishop Franco Mulakkal to stand trial next week. The order has intensified the demand from some that the church should remove him as bishop of Jalandhar.
The rape case against Bishop Franco Mulakkal took a new turn over the weekend when a new allegation of sexual misconduct against the prelate emerged a day before he was to appear in court in Kerala, India.
The lawyer for Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar, India, filed an application in district court here on Jan. 25 to dismiss all charges against the prelate in the alleged rapes of a Catholic sister.
Bishop Franco Mulakkal is accused of raping a nun multiple times. He appeared in court Nov. 30, when two guarantors for his bail extension submitted their documents. The judge extended the bail and set a new court date for early next year.