Kerala CM Promises Probe into Nun Suicide

Gulf Times

August 14, 2008

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan yesterday assured the father of a nun who committed suicide at her convent that the government will ensure a complete and fool-proof probe.

Anupa Mary, 24, committed suicide on Monday evening by hanging herself in the St Mary’s Convent at Kollam.

Pappachan, the nun’s father, and his son met Achuthanandan along with state Education Minister M A Baby. Later they met state Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan who assured them that if needed, a high level investigation team would be appointed to conduct a probe.

“We will do the needful to give them solace through a proper inquiry. We are waiting for the postmortem report,” said Balakrishnan.

After meeting them, Pappachan said he was not happy with the probe ordered by the Kollam bishop who runs the affairs of the convent where his daughter was a resident.

Pappachan, a cook who works at the bishop’s house at Kollam, alleged his daughter committed suicide after she was made to do all the chores in the convent and was sexually harassed by the head of the convent in the night.

She joined the convent on May 27 and was a member of the Vimala Hridya Franciscan congregation.

George Rebeirio, a spokesperson of the Kollam Bishop House, said the ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist) “took over the issue and a large number of its activists were seen at the postmortem venue and at the time of her funeral on Tuesday. Vested interests are trying to tarnish our image and the allegations made by her father are baseless.”

He said Pappachan has “levelled allegations against a person who is a 72-year-old nun and has been with us for the past 45 years. Never ever has there been a complaint against her so far.” – IANS


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