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Kerala nuns join protest against rape accused Bishop Mulakkal

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Kerala nuns join protest against rape accused Bishop Mulakkal

Frustrated of inaction by the church and the government, five nuns of the Missionaries of Jesus have, for the first time, joined a public protest in Kochi on Saturday to demand the immediate arrest of Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal who has been accused of repeatedly raping a 44 year old nun.

In June, a nun had complained that the Bishop Mulakkal had raped her 13 times, over a period of two years from May 2014.  Kerala police registered a case on June 28 and questioned Mulakkal last month.

Sister Anupama of  Missionaries of Jesus in Kottayam, who has been actively supporting the survivor in her fight for justice, said, “We have been knocking on the doors of the church and the government. There is nobody to help us in our cause.’’

She alleged that “The bishop has political clout in Kerala as well as Punjab. He is using money to influence everyone.’’  However, she denied to quit the congregation and asserted that they will fight within the church as well as congregation.  The protest was organised by the Joint Christian Council.

The protesting nuns carried placards which read “who is protecting Franco”, “we need justice” and “our life is in danger”.

Kerala nuns join protest against rape accused Bishop Mulakkal

Meanwhile, in a parallel development, the protesting nuns were forced to cancel their press meet because of the sudden counter press meet held by P C George, an MLA from Poonjar on Saturday.

George criticised the rape survivor in his characteristic foul nature. He even went on to shame the survivor by calling her a prostitute before the cameras. Later Anupama announced cancellation of their press meet saying, “After PC George’s press meet, she is not in a frame of mind for it”.

She further said, “We were not with her when he called for the press meet, we were in Kochi. Her sister was with her and she told us that the nun cried as soon as she heard PC George, and ran into her room. She locked herself up for hours and she was in her room even when we reached back. She did not have any food last night and her condition continues to be the same even today.”

According to a local news website the Catholic Church hs been accused of attempting to bury the rape case. In July a leaked audio conversation revealed Father James Erthayil, attached to Kanjirappaly diocese of Carmelites of Mary Immaculate, attempted to bribe and lure Sister Anupama from the Missionaries of Jesus in Kottayam, in return for withdrawing support to the rape survivor.

George Joseph, working president of the Joint Christian Council, said the protest was against the state government and police. “The complainant nun needs justice from the government. Bishop Mulakkal should be arrested. Once he is arrested, the church would be forced to take action against him. Hence, it is the government that should act first,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, Mulakkal has reportedly in Jalandhar that he was cooperating with the Kerala Police in the investigation.

However, Kottayam SP Hari Sankar has denied of possessing “required evidence that could lead to the arrest of the bishop”. He said, “We have got some details from the statement of the nun and police are examining this. Last week, we examined all the evidence”.

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Amit Shah to conduct roadshow in Assam’s Silchar today

Union home minister Amit Shah will be campaign is expected to start at 4:30 pm today

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As part of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) campaign for the Lok Sabha Election, Union Home Minister Amit Shah will be holding a mega roadshow in Silchar, Assam today, April 21.

According to Silchar Member of Parliament (MP) Rajdeep Roy, Shah would arrive at Silchar Airport in a special aircraft at 4:10 p.m. and arrive in Silchar town via helicopter. He said, they are expecting the roadshow to start around 4.30pm.

Shah will be doing campaign work for Parimal Suklabaidya, the BJP’s nominee for the Silchar Lok Sabha seat. Following the delimitation procedure in Assam last year by the Election Commission, Silchar was designated as a reserve seat for candidates from scheduled castes. Suklabaidya, a five-term member of parliament from the Cachar district, has held several portfolios under the Assam government.

In addition to accompanying Amit Shah on the roadshow on Sunday, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma predicted that Parimal will win by a margin of two to three lakh votes over the rival contenders.

Shah’s rally, will begin from the playground owned by the District Sports Association (DSA) in Silchar and culminate at the Chittaranjan Statue Point, according to Roy. Over a lakh of supporters will participate in the roughly 1.5-kilometer walk. During the roadshow, Shah is scheduled to deliver a speech, he continued.

Central security agencies and senior Assam police officers staged a mock drill in Silchar’s streets ahead of Shah’s rally. According to them, sufficient security has been set up before the home minister’s arrival.

According to party officials, bad weather has forced Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge to cancel his Sunday visit to an event in the Karimganj district of Assam.

The Congress party’s Rajat Chakraborty announced that Kharge’s visit has been canceled owing to Friday night’s thunderstorms and intense rain. The agencies suggested that we cancel the visit because of the high security measures required for his visit, he stated.

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Rohit Sharma criticises impact player rule, BCCI reacts

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India captian and Mumbai Indians star cricketer Rohit sharma criticised the impact player rule and sad that he is not a big fan of it. Now, BCCI has responded to Sharma’s comment and said that they will reevaluate the rule.

Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Arun Dhumal also acknowledged this and said  that every decision has advantages and disadvantages, he also mentioned  BCCI is prepared to review the regulation when the current IPL season concludes.

Ahead to being established in the IPL, the impact player rule was initially put into effect in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament in 2022–2023. There have been many expert comments regarding the rule that has been in place for almost two editions of the prestigious T20 tournament, with the many of players being against it.

Since this remark has been made, they will certainly analyze it and talk to everyone concerned and then the board will take calls, Dhumal said.

Every rule that is in place has a number of advantages and disadvantages. Nothing about its execution is set in stone, so after the season ends, they are open to any discussion, he continued.

Earlier, Rohit Sharma also discussed how the impact player rule is reducing the role of all-rounders in the sport.

Sharma said, he is not a big fan of Impact sub rule. All rounders will eventually be held back because cricket is ultimately played by 11 players, not 12. To make the game exciting for everyone around you, you are taking a great deal from it. During an interew the hitman said, if the audience look just at the cricketing side of things, he feels guys like Shivam Dube and Washington Sundar aren’t getting to bowl, which is not a good thing for them as a team.

He continued saying that there are 12 players, it’s interesting, and after the team or the captain sees how the game and the pitch are playing, they might turn on the impact player. You can add another bowler, giving you a total of six or seven bowlers, if the team bats effectively and don’t lose wickets. Many teams are hitting well up front, and he hardly ever sees a No 7 or No 8 coming to bat, so the team doesn’t need that additional batter, Rohit Sharma said.

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Sunita Kejriwal, other INDIA bloc leaders to attend rally in Ranchi ahead of second phase of voting

Top leaders of the Opposition INDIA bloc will attend the mega Ulgulan (uprising) Nyay rally in Ranchi today

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Delhi Chief Minister’s wife Sunita Kejriwal and Kalpana Soren, the wives of Arvind Kejriwal and Hemant Soren, along with at least 14 Opposition INDIA bloc leaders, including Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge, party leader Rahul Gandhi would be present at the Ulgulan (uprising) Nyay rally on Sunday in Ranchi.

The arrests of former Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal by the Enforcement Directorate would be the main topic of discussion during the massive event.

The protest, which is scheduled to start at about 3 pm in Ranchi’s Prabhat Tara field, is expected to draw about 5 lakh people. The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) is organising it as a united display of strength in the amid the Lok Sabha elections.

Along with Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav, and National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah, Sunita Kejriwal and Kalpana Soren are also anticipated to speak at the rally.

At the rally, posters depicting prominent members of the INDIA bloc have already been reached. These include Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal, Mamata Banerjee, Hemant Soren, and his spouse Kalpana Soren.

Jharkhand Chief Minister Champai Soren made the following statement the day before the rally that they need to stop the dictatorship and save our democracy and the constitution. Everyone is aware of the events in Delhi and Jharkhand. At the massive gathering, they will reveal the Center’s autocratic methodology, he added.

Additionally, according to sources, the Chief Minister said that they had the mandate from the people in Hemant Soren’s name, but attempts were made to destabilize his government from the beginning, and finally he was sent to jail.

People in Delhi too encountered similar situation. They will inform the country about the Centre’s dictatorship from the Ulgulan rally dais, he continued.

Shiv Sena (UBT) leaders, Priyanka Chaturvedi said, they are united in this struggle against the BJP’s increasing dictatorship. The opposition is being prevented from operating as it should, and their goal is to silence it.


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