Morphed image of the bishop, who has been accused of raping a Kerala nun, was shared by more than 4,400 users on Facebook.
New Delhi: A morphed image of controversial Jalandhar Bishop, Franco Mulakkal, is doing the rounds on social media.
The image, which looks like a TV grab and has the logo of news agency Asia News International (ANI) superimposed on it, shows Mulakkal saying that he had sexual intercourse with the nun for “enlightenment”.
A 44-year-old Kerala nun had filed a police complaint against the Bishop in June this year, accusing him of raping her 13 times between 2014 and 2016.
Bishop Mulakkal, who handed over his charge Saturday, will be appearing before the Kerala police for investigations, The Indian Express reported.
A Facebook user had shared the image of the Bishop allegedly speaking to the media and admitting that he had committed the act in the name of the ‘Holy Spirit’. The image was shared by more than 4,400 users on Facebook.
The image was originally posted by a Twitter handle called, ‘The UnPaid Times’.
'Whatever happened between me and nun, it is not rape. It is the Holi Ritual of enlightenment to feel the Magical Existence of Holi Jesus at the end of the act': Bishop Franco Mulakkal, accused of Rape. pic.twitter.com/F6E7hVMK3q
— The UnPaid Times (@UnPaidTimes) September 12, 2018
It had received more than 80 retweets. The same image was also tweeted by various other Twitter accounts.
However, the image being shared is actually fake. No such news feed has come from ANI, SM Hoaxslayer confirmed.
There is also a spelling error in the caption — the word ‘holy’ has been spelt as ‘Holi’, which is a Hindu festival — which raises doubts about the authenticity of the image.
The watermark on the picture also explains that image was morphed and ANI’s logo and tickers were superimposed on it. The watermark reads ‘breakyourownnews.com’, which is a website where one can create content and make it look authentic.
In collaboration with SM HoaXslayer.