Thiruvananthapuram: Neither the raging social media campaign to shut his mouth nor the speaker's move to haul him up before the Assembly Ethics Committee has had any effect on P C George. The independent MLA from Poonjar is unapologetic.
George unleashed the second round of victim bashing at the Press Club here on Friday. He said he would not budge 'even a centimetre' from what he had told about 'the so-called nun'.
“I had withdrawn a word I had used against her out of decency. Nothing more,” he said. Earlier, George had used the nastiest qualification to describe the nun who was fighting for justice against a superior, Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal, who had allegedly raped her 13 times. He also produced a copy of the complaint the nun had registered at the Kuravilangad police station in June this year.
According to George, the nun had raised the issue only after she was removed from the posts of 'Kerala-in-charge' and 'house superior'. The victim's family, too, was not spared. “They were supposed to be very poor people. Now if you see the house of her brother, you will be stunned. Her sister has constructed a shopping complex. From where has all this money come?” he asked.
George was asked whether he had dug up the background of the bishop with as much relish as he had done in the nun's case. “Yes, I have,” he said. What about his character? “I don't have a high opinion of the Bishop,” he said. Details? “I have not probed in depth,” he said.
George was also of the opinion that sisters should not organise agitations. “They should be tending to the grape vines in the Lord's garden, not shouting slogans in front of the High Court,” he said. George also alleged that there was a conspiracy to tarnish the Christian community. “The Black Mass movement is spending crores for this,” he said. George also had a piece of advise for the Pope. “A girl should be admitted to the order of nuns only after she turns 21, and not 15 as is the case now,” he said.
Gadgil's and Sreeramakrishnan's turn
A combative George did not spare professor Madhav Gadgil, environmentalists, or even Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan either. He hinted that Gadgil was an American agent out to get commission for generating carbon credits in developing countries like India. “He has filed a case against me for telling this. I am getting ready to take him on in the court,” he said. George described environmentalists as bearded, saffron-clad chaps who don't brush their teeth and have no idea about environment.
He even issued the speaker, who had referred George's comments against the nun to the ethics committee, a veiled threat. “Keep in mind the fate of other speakers who had tried to teach P C George a lesson,” he said. He might have been referring to N Sakthan who had disqualified George as MLA in 2015. Sakthan, incidentally, lost in the subsequent Assembly polls. Asked whether he meant Sreeramakrishnan would lose the next elections, he said: “I have not said so, but I don't mind even if you say so.”
George also wanted to know why the speaker had not initiated such a suo motu move against CPM MLA P K Sasi. “Did I hurt someone or have I raped a woman,” he asked.