Kerala Nun's Suicide: Detailed Probe Sought

The Times of India

August 14, 2008

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: As a Crime Branch inquiry was ordered on Wednesday into the suicide by a nun in Kollam allegedly due to sexual harassment by a senior nun, father of the deceased met Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan seeking a detailed probe into the incident.

State DGP Raman Sreevastava ordered a crime branch probe into the incident, official sources said.

The 23-year-old Anupa Mary was found hanging from a ceiling fan in her room in the St Mary's Convent in Kollam yesterday. A note left by her said she was taking the extreme step as she could no longer bear the harassment.

Mary's father Pappachan, who had alleged that his daughter was harassed by a senior nun in the convent, met the Chief Minister here this morning.

Achuthanandan assured him that the government would take necessary steps in the case, the sources said.

Meanwhile, the Kollam diocese also ordered an "inhouse inquiry" into the incident, church sources said.

Mary, a teacher in a Lower Primary school run by the St Mary's Convent Holy Cross Order, hailed from a poor family in nearby Kanjiramkode.

She had joined St Mary's convent two months ago on taking the vow of nunhood. Earlier, she was attached to another convent in the city.

A recent suggestion by the Kerala State Women's Commission on age-bar for enrolment of the girls as nuns had triggered protests from various Christian organisations in the state.


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