Bishop Mulakkal, a senior member of the Roman Catholic clergy in India, was arrested last year following allegations by a nun that he repeatedly raped and sexually assaulted her at the Kuravilangad convent between 2014 and 2016.
The sister had invited the wrath of the Church leadership by participating in a street protest by five nuns belonging to the Catholic religious order Missionaries of Jesus, demanding the arrest of Franco Mulakkal, who was accused of raping a nun.
Congregation Superior-General Regina Kadamthodu has asked Rose to report at their headquarters in Jalandhar on January 26, to present her side, “for abdicating the basic tenets of religious life and resorting to activities which amount to sheer violation of congregation rules".
In her letter to Rose, the superior general of the congregation had warned that failure to comply with the advice to report in person as instructed would be construed as a deliberate refusal to abide by the legitimate order of her Mother General, thereby challenging the authority canonically bestowed on her.
The protest by nuns had paved the way for a major movement, Save Our Sisters, which was called off only after the arrest of Mulakkal and his removal as bishop of Jalandhar. Reacting to the letter, Sister Anupama said they would not move out of the mission house in Kottayam.
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