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Rahul Gandhi condemns ‘attack’ on Kerala nuns in UP, here is what he said on rape of nuns in Kerala churches and Palghar lynching

Rahul Gandhi's 'concerns' for Kerala nuns is as shallow as his logic in any matter.

In a tweet posted today, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi condemned the ‘attack’ of Kerala nuns allegedly by Bajrang Dal activists in a train near Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh.Rahul Gandhi attributed the harassment to “vicious propaganda run by the Sangh Parivar”.

The ‘attack’ Rahul Gandhi is talking about is questioning of the two nuns over suspicion of forceful religious conversion. The incident happened in Jhansi. The railway police authorities questioned them and upon finding no basis for the complaint, they were let off. The incident took place on March 19. However, senior Congress leader chose to express his concern only after five days and that too after Home Minister Amit Shah had already assured action against the culprits who allegedly harassed the nuns.

Any kind of harassment is indeed condemnable and Rahul Gandhi’s concerns are appreciated. He has earlier expressed concerns for the nuns who were raped by priests and bishops in Kerala church as well. As can be seen through his series of tweets on Kerala nuns.

Rahul Gandhi’s concerns on crimes perpetrated against nuns in Kerala.

Whilst there are umpteen cases of Kerala nuns being sexually abused, the heinous case of Father Franco Mulakkal, largely because of the Church’s systematic role in trying to suppress the nuns from speaking out.

Bishop Franco Mulakkal, Archdiocese of Jalandhar, Punjab, was arrested by the police officials on September 21st, 2018 after the investigating team found evidence that linked him in the sexual harassment case. A nun from Kerala had accused a Bishop from Jalandhar of raping her. The accused, Franco Mulakkal, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Jalandhar, is said to have raped her at a guest house in Kuravilangad in May 2014 and exploited her sexually on several other occasions.

On 16th  January 2019, four out of the five nuns who had supported the rape survivor nun were asked to leave the Kuravilangad convent, and go to convents, previously assigned to them. The letter accused nuns of  ‘issuing malafide statements’, and spreading baseless stories to ‘tarnish the image’ of the Missionaries of Jesus congregation. Sister Anupama, one of the four nuns served transfer notice, had slammed the notice and alleged that this is a ploy to break a unity of nuns to save Bishop Franco, who is facing rape allegations from one of their colleagues.

Rahul Gandhi has similarly expressed concerns over the sadhus from Palghar, Maharashtra, who were lynched to death last year even as Maharashtra police officials watched as they were killed.

Rahul Gandhi’s tweets on Palghar lynching

The concern of Congress leaders was so much that when Republic TV’s Arnab Goswami questioned Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s silence over the same, he was hounded by the Mumbai Police and accused him of making ‘communal comments’. Congress is part of the ruling alliance, Maha Vikas Aghadi, in Maharashtra along with NCP and Shiv Sena.

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