The survivor's conflict and emotional trauma also justify the delay in coming out and making a complaint.
The accused in both cases are people sworn to a life of celibacy. And forbidden desires were at the heart of both the crimes.
Special Public Prosecutor Jithesh J Babu handed over the legal advice to Kottayam district police chief D Shilpa on Saturday.
Kottayam Superintendent of Police D Shilpa told reporters that the police have sought legal opinion from the special public prosecutor to move an appeal against the judgment.
Kottayam Superintendent of Police D Shilpa said they have approached the Special Public Prosecutor to assess the scope for appeal in the case.
Bishop Franco Mulakkal was acquitted for lack of 'corroborative evidence'.
Former Bishop of Jalandhar Diocese Franco Mulakkal was acquitted from all charges in the nun rape case by the Additional Sessions Court on Friday.
The nuns have been at the forefront of the protests seeking justice to their colleague after she came out with the complaint against the top clergyman which rocked the state.
Even though several priests have faced charges of sexual harassment, Mulakkal was the first Bishop to be accused of the crime.
The Additional Sessions Court will pronounce verdict in the nun rape case involving the former Bishop of Jalandhar Diocese Franco Mulakkal on January 14, Friday.