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Suicide of Nun in Kerala India Caused by Abuse by Mother Superior: Father cries Foul Play
A shocking story from Kerala, one of India's most progressive states revealing truths that Church authorities, never want to admit about sexual, psychological, and physical abuse; we must not let them sweep this under the bureaucratic rug and forget!
By: Stephen Fox, Contributing Editor Santa Fe Sun News
THIRUVANTHAPURAM, Kerala State, India, August 12
The father of a nun who committed suicide at Kollam Tuesday alleged that his daughter was "mentally and physically tortured at the convent".Pappachan, a cook who works at the Bishop's house at Kollam, alleged that his daughter Anupa Mary, a nun at the St Mary's Convent at Kollam, committed suicide Monday after she was made to do all the chores in the convent and was sexually harassed by the head of the convent.
He was speaking to reporters Tuesday after coming here with the body of his daughter for a post-mortem examination. He lashed out at the Mother Superior of the convent for allegedly torturing his daughter.
"She was mentally and physically tortured by the head of the convent. She was made to do all the chores in the convent and in the night she was sexually harassed by the head of the convent. This was happening for the past two monthsand I came to know about it only after she committed suicide," said Pappachan.
Mary, 24, committed suicide Monday evening by hanging herself in the convent. She had come to the convent May 27 and was a member of the Vimala Hridya Franciscan congregation.
The police has recovered a suicide note from her room in which she had written that she is finding it difficult to adjust to the new surroundings and also expressed her difference of opinion with the head of the convent.
MR Ajithkumar, superintendent of police, Kollam said that investigations have commenced and all aspects would be probed.
"This allegation I have heard only today (Tuesday) and on television. Yesterday (Monday) when we took the statement from Pappachan, he did not level this allegation. Anyway now that he has publicly aired this, we will take his statement again. I have asked the investigation officers to look into all aspects. Now we are waiting for the post-mortem report," said the policeofficial.
Pappachan said that his wife and another daughter of his were aware of Mary being tortured.
"I will go to any extent to see that the truth is revealed," said the dejected father. State Women's Commission chairperson D Sreedevi reacted to the events bysaying that a detailed probe should be conducted.
"Our observation, which we had made sometime back, that in convents inmates are being ill-treated, appears to be correct," said the former judge.
[I strongly encourage readers to write to the President and Prime Minister of India, and to the Chief Minister of Kerala State, to ask that this be investigated and rectified, so that this girl's death will not have been in vain, and will not be swept under the bureaucratic rug, ignored by the church officials involved. Their email and contact forms can be easily googled. Chief Minister of Kerala is a very progressive Communist: V.S. Achuthanandan;
Details of this story were reported widely in India, in the Times of India, and others
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