scorecardresearch
Follow Us:
Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Convent authorities locked me in, denied freedom to pray: ‘Sacked’ Kerala nun to police

Lucy Kalapura, a member of Franciscan Clarist Congregation, hit the headlines last year when she supported an agitation demanding the arrest of then Jalandhar bishop Franco Mulakkal, who was accused of rape by a nun.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram |
Updated: August 20, 2019 7:14:41 am
kerala nun suspended, kerala nun suspended from church, bishop franco mulakkal rape case, bishop mulakkal rape case, franciscan clarist congregation, india news, indian express Kalapura, also a teacher at a government-aided school, informed local police who made the convent superiors open the gate.

The Catholic nun, who protested against her congregation’s directive asking her to quit the order, complained to police on Monday that she was locked inside the convent and denied the freedom to pray. Lucy Kalapura, a member of Franciscan Clarist Congregation, hit the headlines last year when she supported an agitation demanding the arrest of then Jalandhar bishop Franco Mulakkal, who was accused of rape by a nun.

She was served a dismissal order earlier this month under several charges. Defying the decision, Kalapura stayed at her convent at Karickamala village in Wayanad district. On Monday, the 53-year-old nun found that the gate of the convent was locked and the other nuns had left for prayers at the local church. Kalapura, also a teacher at a government-aided school, informed local police who made the convent superiors open the gate.

Read | Expelled Kerala nun, who took on rape-accused Bishop, files wrongful confinement plaint

Later in the day, police registered a case on a complaint by Kalapura, alleging that the convent denied her freedom for prayer. “I wanted to attend the Mass. But others went to the church after locking the gate. The convent authorities were denying my freedom and right for prayer,’’ she said. According to the congregation’s dismissal order, the nun should have quit the convent on August 17. The congregation’s superior-general had written to Kalapura’s mother, who lives in Kasaragod, and urged the family to take her back. Kalapura said she would stay back as she has appealed to the Vatican against the dismissal order.

Subscriber Only Stories
UPSC Key-August 17, 2022: Why you should read ‘Remission’ or ‘Free Speech...Premium
BJP shake-up: Gadkari & Shivraj out of Parliamentary Board, Yediyurap...Premium
Crypto romance scams: ‘Asian women’ on Twitter are coming for...Premium
Cheetahs are set to arrive in India, what the big cats have to sayPremium

📣 Join our Telegram channel (The Indian Express) for the latest news and updates

For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App.

  • Newsguard
  • The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards.
  • Newsguard
First published on: 20-08-2019 at 12:18:01 am
0 Comment(s) *
* The moderation of comments is automated and not cleared manually by indianexpress.com.

Featured Stories

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement