Nun files petition after threat call from Church officials, HC directs police to ensure her safety

    13-Jul-2020
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The Kerala High Court has directed the police to provide adequate protection, if necessary, to the life and property of a nun who alleged that she was facing a threat from the authorities of her Church's convent and some priests of her diocese.
 
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According to report, considering a plea filed by Sister Lucy Kalappura seeking police protection, Justice Raja Vijayaraghavan has also issued notice to authorities of Franciscan Clarist Congregation (FCC) and two priests of Mananthavady Diocese of Syrian Catholic Church.
 
In her petition, the nun said she was a member of FCC at Karakkamala in Wayanad district. She had filed a petition with the police seeking protection from forceful eviction from the convent and also protection for her life and properties from the "henchmen or hired goondas" engaged by authorities of her Church convent and two priests of her diocese.
 
The nun was alleged in the petition that no action was taken by the police so far and she was still leaving in fear.
Lucy Kalappura, who took part in a protest by nuns belonging to Missionaries of Jesus Congregation, seeking the arrest of Bishop Franco Mulakkal, accused of raping a nun, was expelled by the FCC in August 2019. The FCC had expelled her for "failing" to explain her lifestyle, which allegedly violated Church rules.
 
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The Vatican had ratified the FCC's decision. The nun had dismissed charges levelled against her by the congregation, saying many of them were a "deliberate attempt to paint her in a bad light."
 
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