Father Kuriakose Kattuthara, one of the prime witnesses and who was fearlessly speaking against Bishop Franco Mulakkal against him in the alleged rape case of a nun from Missionaries of Jesus was found dead in St. Mary’s Church in Dasuya in Jalandhar.
Father Kuriakose Kattuthara who was 62 years old, had also given a statement to the police for the same. The exact cause of his death is not known yet but the rape survivor’s sister, shocked by Father’s death, said that this was an effort to scare the ones who are speaking out, but she will continue with the fight.
Elsamma, Father Kuraikose’s sister-in-law, while speaking to The Quint, said that he did suffer from high blood sugar, but the family does not believe that’s the cause of death.
“He called us and told us he was receiving threats to his life. He kept getting calls and other threats apparently. His car was also pelted with stones and his house as well was attacked by unknown people. While we don’t know exactly who they were, we suspect they were Bishop Mulakkal’s people,” she said.
“The post-mortem is being conducted right now. We’ve never been threatened personally. He was the one who received threats often for speaking out. We want his body returned and want the CM to ensure this is investigated properly,” Elsamma told The Quint.
Speaking to TNM, Father Peter, of the Jalandhar diocese, said, that a few nuns returned with another pastor from the parish on Father Kuriakose’s door when he didn’t open the door in the morning. When they opened the door from outside, they found him lying on the floor and rushed him to a government hospital where he was declared dead.
#EXCLUSIVE – The sisters of the convent school came and knocked on his door but he wasn’t opening the door. Immediately we informed the nearby neighbours and then we broke open the door: Father Peter, spokesperson | #FrancoRapeCase pic.twitter.com/ncartH6Fie
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Father Kuriakose’s 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.
Father Kattuthara, has mentioned before as to how allegedly he was under pressure for his support of the nun by the church officials. “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.”
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.”
It is so sad to across something like this where people have allegedly lost their loves just because supporting the truth or trying to bring it forth. What everybody is forgetting is that truth comes out, sooner or later and once it does, the people responsible will be punished.