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A #MeToo moment for India as nun speaks out

KURAVILANGAD, India - For two years the nun said nothing, quietly dreading the nights that the stocky, bearded Catholic bishop would spend at her small convent in the southern Indian hills.

Early last year she confided in another member of her congregation: "The bishop is compelling me to lay with him."

Soon afterward, the nun reported to church leaders that the cleric, Franco Mulakkal, had raped her 13 times from 2014 to 2016. When the leaders failed to act and the bishop filed police reports in an apparent bid to silence her, she went to authorities in June.

The investigation might have stalled - as so many sexual assault cases tend to do in India, particularly when they involve the church - were it not for the accuser's fellow nuns, who led an unprecedented public protest that has sharply divided the country's 20 million Catholics.

After a two-week sit-in that drew thousands of supporters, police in

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