Father Kuriakose Kattuthara, A Witness In Kerala Nun Rape Case, Found Dead
His brother Jose Kattuthara alleged that he was killed for giving a statement against Bishop Franco Mulakkal.
Father Kuriakose Kattuthara, who recorded statement against Bishop Franco Mulakkal in the Kerala nun rape case, was found dead in St. Mary’s Church in Dasuya in Jalandhar.
His body was found on Monday morning and the cause of his death is still unknown.
Father Peter told the media that a few nuns had gone to meet Father Kuriakose on Monday morning. When he didn’t answer the door, they returned with a pastor and forced-open the door only to find Father Kuriakose lying on the floor.
Father Kuriakose was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead, reported The News Minute.
According to ANI, family of the Father Kuriakose have filed a police complaint demanding an inquiry into his death. The relatives and other witnesses in the case suspect a conspiracy in his death.
Father Kuriakose’s brother Jose Kattuthara alleged that he was killed for giving a statement against the rape accused — Bishop Franco Mulakkal.
Earlier, Father Kuriakose had claimed that he was under pressure from church officials for speaking in support of the nun. “The sisters had approached me complaining about Bishop Franco. They did not approach the Kerala police fearing the bishop. In fact, I fear what will happen to me for speaking out against him,” he had told Mathrubhumi news.
Speaking to TNM, Sister Anupama, who had led the protests against Bishop Franco said, “We are very shocked to hear this news. Father Kuriakose has taught me and he was part of our parish as well. He was a crucial witness in our case as he had given statements against Bishop Franco to the police. I haven’t been in touch with him but I had heard from other priests that he had been facing a lot of pressure of late, with many in the church pointing fingers at him. We feel the circumstances of his death are suspicious and may affect our case against Bishop Franco.”
Bishop Franco was granted bail by Kerala High Court on October 15. He has been accused of raping a 44-year-old nun 13 times between 2014 and 2016. The woman filed a complaint with the police in June this year, after alleging that the church authorities did not act on her complaint.