New Delhi: The National Commission for Women (NCW) refused to meet the advocate of P C George, MLA, who was summoned after he made obscene remarks against the victim nun in the bishop rape case. George had skipped meeting the commission even after repeated summons.
NCW chief Rekha Sharma refused to meet the Kerala legislator's lawyer Adolf Mathew who had arrived at the commissions headquarters here on Tuesday.
Sharma had enquired over the phone if George was present and clearly stated that she would not meet the advocate. When the lawyer contented that this would amount to breach of law, the commission asked him to file reply at the office and return.
The lawyer submitted that there was a criminal case against George at Kuruvilangad in Kottayam in connection with the same incident and in such a situation he would not be able to give an explanation to the NCW. The lawyer said this had the backing of the Constitution.
George had twice given the appointment with the commission a miss and was given an ultimatum for Tuesday.
The nun had filed a complaint in July, accusing bishop Franco Mulakkal of raping her multiple times at Kuruvilangad, a small town near Kottayam between 2014 and 2016.
In the press conference on September 8, George had asked why the nun had not reported the incident earlier and used abusive language to attack her.
The NCW then summoned George to appear before it.
Terming the language used by the MLA as 'deeply disturbing', the NCW chairperson had said the commission seriously condemned "such objectionable and derogatory statements made by a person who occupies responsible position in the society".