Days after using abusive language against a nun who was allegedly raped by a Roman Catholic church bishop, Kerala MLA PC George on Wednesday expressed regret over his choice of words.
"Such a word should not have been used. I said so out of emotion and also in a melee at a press conference in Kottayam. I am sad about it," George told reporters.
He also said the accused in the case, Jalandhar diocese Bishop Franco Mulakkal, should be arrested if there is evidence against him.
A report in NDTV, however, quoted the MLA as saying that he will not apologise to anyone for his comments.
In a press conference on September 8, the Independent MLA had asked why the nun had not reported the incident earlier and used derogatory language while attacking her.
His comments outraged many, and social media users started the #VaayaMoodalCampaign ("mouth shut" campaign). They even couriered duct-tapes to silence the politician.
He was later summoned by the National Commission for Women (NCW) over the remarks.
The nun had filed a complaint in July, accusing Mulakkal of raping her multiple times at a small town near Kottayam between 2014 and 2016.
Mulakkal has claimed innocence and said the truth will come out in the police investigation.
NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma had alleged that the nun was facing discrimination after levelling the charges and was not getting support from the Church.
Earlier, a group of five nuns from a convent in Kottayam, to which the victim belonged, had said they would initiate legal action against George.