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Indian bishop granted bail in nun rape case

Bishop Franco Mulakkal, accused of raping a nun, is escorted by police in Kerala (Photo: REUTERS/Sivaram V).

By: Keerthi Mohan

An Indian bishop accused of raping a nun was granted bail on Monday (15) in a case that has triggered rare dissent within the country’s Catholic Church. Bishop Franco Mulakkal was arrested on 21 September in the southern state of Kerala on suspicion of raping the nun 13 times between 2014 and 2016. Pope Francis suspended him the day before his arrest, appointing another bishop in his place. Mulakkal, 53, who headed the diocese of Jalandhar in the northern state of Punjab, has denied the allegations and has called the scandal a conspiracy against the church. The nun first made…

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