After Rape accused Bishop Franco’s bail, Father who testified against him is dead

One of the people who has been vociferously speaking against Bishop Franco Mulakkal and has also given a statement to the police against him in the rape case of a nun was found dead in St. Mary’s Church in Dasuya in Jalandhar. Father Kuriakose Kattuthara, who was 67 years old, was found dead on Monday morning. The exact cause of his death is not known yet. According to media reports, Father Kuriakose’s family suspects a conspiracy in his death. DySP K Subhash Vaikom said he belives he was in his late 60s.

Father Kuriakose had given a statement against Bishop Franco Mulakkal to the Kerala police in the rape case of a nun from Missionaries of Jesus. His brother, Jose Kattuthara, told Mathrubhumi news that he was suspicious about his brother’s death, and alleged that he had been killed for giving a statement against Bishop Franco Mulakkal.

Earlier, Father Kuriakose has alleged that he was under severe pressure by church officials for his support of the nun who has accused the bishop of rape. In an interview to Mathrubhumi, Fr Kuriakose had said, “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.”