Revelations put nun’s life in dange

source: Indian Express, express buzz, 17 October 2008

A nun’s life is under threat following her revelations about the
alleged abortions performed on nuns and the "limitless"’ affairs the
priests were having with nuns of the Congregation of Daughters of Mary
Convent, Anchal.


Following a
complaint from the nephew of this nun, the State Women’s Commission
member P.K.Sainaba met the nun at a mental hospital in Thodupuzha.Her nephew has alleged that she has been forcibly admitted to the mental hospital by the Convent authorities.The
complaint makes an even more serious charge that one of the nuns of the
congregation, Sister Serenna Jacob, had committed suicide unable to
bear the trauma.Now the State Women’s Commission has sought the
urgent intervention of the Health and Home Ministers in the issue. In a
report submitted to the Ministers, the Commission said: "If things
continue like this we fear that the life of the nun is in danger." In
her statement given to the Women’s Commission member, the nun said: "My
hands and legs were tied up and I was forcibly given anaesthesia and
then I was taken to the mental hospital. I am given 18 tablets a day
now for making me mentally weak." She narrated all that had happened in
the convent and told the Women’s Commission member that she was ready
to repeat all that she had said in the court.The nun pleaded that she be rescued from the clutches of the convent authorities.The
60-year-old nun has been with this congregation for the past 43 years
and she had complained to her relative over phone on August 17 that she
was being mentally and physically tortured by the convent authorities.However,
according to the nun’s nephew, the very next day the nun’s relatives
and her brother received a call from the convent authorities seeking
permission to admit her to a psychiatric hospital. Sister Lilly Thomas
Paikada, Mother-Provincial, had termed the nun as extremely abnormal."Her
sharp criticism about the abortions carried out on some sisters and her
questioning about the limitless affairs with sisters and priests made
the authorities violent and was the reason behind their decision to
give psychiatric treatment with the intention to make it seem that her
statements were meaningless and baseless," the complaint to the Women’s
Commission says.


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