Prosecution lawyer Sandhya Raju told CNN the court in the southern state of Kerala found Franco Mulakkal not guilty after he was accused of raping a nun multiple times between 2014 and 2016. Prosecutors plan to appeal the verdict, Raju added.
A 44-year-old nun, who has not been named, filed a police report in June 2018. She alleged the abuse occurred while Mulakkal was staying in a guest house belonging to the St. Francis Mission Home in Kerala.
Christianity is a minority religion in India, practiced by 2.3% of the country’s 1.3 billion people, according to the most recent census. But Kerala has a sizable Christian community — around 18% of the state’s population.