A nun, who filed a rape case against Bishop Franco Mulakkal, has approached the National and State Women's Commissions besides the National Human Rights Commission, accusing the priest and his supporters of 'harassing' her through various online platforms
The papal conclave ended with vague promises of concrete measures and special programmes. For the survivors in Kerala, this means nothing — except a continuation of their trauma and uncertainties.
The Delhi High Court on Tuesday dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking directions to the Centre and Delhi government to order investigations by a special investigation team (SIT) or the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) under the supervision of the court into incidents of sexual abuse of children and nuns allegedly by members of the Catholic clergy.
The Thrissur archdiocese maintained its support for rape accused Franco Mulakkal by featuring the bishop in the official calendar for 2019
The Kerala church had claimed that Sister Lucy's "statements on social media and other platforms are not in line with her religious duties", and that “her behavior is affecting those who believe in the Church".
This is not a Church matter. The role of the state in a democratic, secular, republic, is to protect the rights of the individual, not of organisations or cabals of the powerful. And, this is where the State needs to act.
There is a world of difference between cases of women's religious subjugation like the practice genital mutilation, and NCW's demand to ban confession.
National Commission for Women’s recommendation for abolition of the practice of confession in Christian church in the country has stirred a hornet’s nest in Kerala, where Christians constitute about 18 percent of the state’s 33.1-million population.
Binu George, a priest of Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, was alleged to have raped the parishioner in Alappuzha district in Kerala four years ago. He is currently serving at a church under the diocese at Koypallikaranma.
The man, a member of Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church, one of the most ancient churches, filed the complaint before the Church authorities after his wife narrated her ordeal following discovery of a five-star hotel bill in her email box.
The incident of a church in Kerala denying burial to Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra’s grandmother has raised questions over the rights of the faithful, who have gone out of the state for jobs, to ‘rest in peace’ after death alongside their near and dear ones.
Narendra Modi is likely to meet representatives of some Churches and address a meeting organised by a leading Dalit outfit in Kochi