Women's Forum Asks Police to Reopen Murder Probe

The Peninsula (Qatar)
August 19, 2008

Thiruvananthapuram • Kerala's State Women's Commission has asked the Crime Branch police to re-open the investigation into the mysterious death of a Catholic nun ten years ago and asked for details of the probe, if any, from the diocesan authorities in north Kerala.

Sister Jyothis of the Scared Heart Convent under the Thamarassery diocese in Kozhikode was found murdered on the premises of the convent ten years ago. The post mortem report confirmed multiple wounds on the body but the Crime Branch had failed to make much headway in the case. The Commission yesterday ordered a notice to the Bishop of Thamarassery diocese, seeking to know whether the diocese had probed the death and what was the outcome. The diocesan reaction was not readily available but commission member T Devi said the death had occurred at a time when such tragic events never had got the prominence they deserved. Hence, the commission, based on complaints, asked the agencies concerned to review the probe.

It was only last week that the commission and the Catholic diocese in the southern district of Kollam confronted each other on the 23-year-old Sister Anupa Mary. The Vimala Hridaya Congregation, to which the nun belonged, expressed disappointment over the Commission's "sweeping comments on the harassment inside convents".

The Commission's latest move came even as the High Court examined officials of the country's premier investigative agency, the Central Bureau of Investigation, probing the murder of Sister Abhaya, an inmate of Pious X Convent in Kottayam, in March 1992.

CBI superintendent of Police R M Krishna and deputy superintendent R K Agarwal iterated in the court that the sister had been murdered and they had subjected two priests and a nun to narco-analysis test to unravel the mystery behind the real killers.


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