The body of Anupa Mary, 24, an inmate of St Mary"s Convent, near Thankassery in here, was found hanging in the convent on Monday, Aug 11 evening. Anupa, a native of Kundara in Kollam, had also left a suicide note, saying she was forced to take the extreme step due to the mental harassment meted out by a senior nun. Sister Anupa Mary"s father Pappachan, a cook at Catholic Bishop"s House at Kollam, 70km from the Kerala capital, claimed she had been sexually abused. He said Mother Superior Albena forced his daughter, 22, to “go into her room to share her bed". Anupa had shared this shocking experience with her mother and sister, he added.
Congregation Superior-General Boniface Mary welcomed an impartial probe. Kerala Women"s Commission chairperson Justice D Sreedevi said stern action should be taken against the culprits behind the suicide of the nun.
Christian clergy in Kerala has been confronted with several sexcapdes in the recent past. Last month, a priest belonging to the Jacobite Church in Kottayam was arrested in connection with the serial rape of a minor girl three years back.
Two months back, a Catholic nun from Aluva near Kochi was defrocked after her affair with the driver of the hospital, where she worked as a receptionist, became public. The driver had shot his sexual affair with the nun in a mobile camera. The hardcore video got circulated, creating shock waves in the church.
Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan on Wednesday, Aug 3 ordered for a probe into the issue.