Court asks police to protect Sr Lissie, bans transfer

Court asks police to protect Sr Lissie, bans transfer
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Muvattupuzha: The Muvattupuzha First-Class Magistrate Court has asked the police to provide complete protection to Sister Lissie, a witness in the nun rape case, two days after she was brought out of a convent by the cops. The police had intervened after her brother had complained of illegal confinement and torture at the convent following her testimony against rape-accused Bishop Franco.

The court has also directed against Lissie’s transfer to a convent in Vijayawada. She should be provided security and not be transferred to any other nunnery against her wish, says the court order.

The nun is currently looking after her sick mother in Thodupuzha. Lissie was taken to a hospital in Thodupuzha after she asked to meet her mother when produced in court on Monday.

On Monday, police had shifted her from the Jeevajyothy Convent located at Vazhapilly, Thrikka, after her brother Jimmy complained to the police that she was not being allowed to meet her ailing mother and family members. The Muvattupuzha court registered Lissie’s statement subsequently.

Jimmy had registered a complaint with the Muvattupuzha police saying the convent authorities forbid her from meeting or calling anyone. Efforts were also being made to transfer her to Vijayawada, the complaint stated.

Sr Lissie has been based at the convent at Thrikka in Muvattupuzha for the last 14 years after returning from Vijayawada where she was deputed initially. She appeared as a witness in the sensational nun rape case in which Bishop Franco of the Jalandhar diocese is the accused. After deposing at the court initially, she was taken to the Vijayawada centre by the church authorities, but she was allowed to return to Kerala to meet her ailing mother. She was accompanied by two nuns on this trip, but she reportedly went missing after she was allowed to proceed to Thodupuzha to meet her mother. Soon, Jimmy filed a complaint with the Kottayam police. 

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