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A Catholic nun, who two years ago accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar of rape, started giving her testimony Wednesday in a district court in the southwestern Indian state of Kerala.
Two years after a Catholic sister accused a bishop of rape and intimidation, the official trial started Thursday, Aug. 13, as a district court judge read the charges aloud to Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar.
A judge in Kottayam, Kerala, issued a warrant after the prelate failed to appear in court July 13 to hear charges against him. Mulakkal is accused of raping a nun multiple times from 2014 to 2016.
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.