Catholic bishop acquitted of raping nun 

While the Catholic church has been embroiled in a series of sexual abuse scandals around the world, Franco Mulakkal was its first Indian priest to go on trial.

What you need to know:

  • He had been accused of repeatedly raping the nun between 2014 and 2016 in Kerala while he was head of the Missionaries of Jesus order. He denied all the accusations. 

A Roman Catholic bishop in India was acquitted Friday of raping a nun multiple times over two years.
While the Catholic church has been embroiled in a series of sexual abuse scandals around the world, Franco Mulakkal was its first Indian priest to go on trial.
A court in the southern state of Kerala pronounced a single line verdict saying that it had found Mulakkal not guilty of the charges.
He had been accused of repeatedly raping the nun between 2014 and 2016 in Kerala while he was head of the Missionaries of Jesus order. He denied all the accusations. 

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