Saji Thomas is a freelance journalist based in Bhopal, a central Indian city. He has worked for several mainstream newspapers such as The Times of India.
The death of Divya John, labeled a probable suicide, is the latest in nearly 20 others since 1987 involving novices and sisters serving in Kerala state. Some Catholics are urging Indian bishops to take action.
A Catholic nun, who two years ago accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar of rape, started giving her testimony Wednesday in a district court in the southwestern Indian state of Kerala.
Two years after a Catholic sister accused a bishop of rape and intimidation, the official trial started Thursday, Aug. 13, as a district court judge read the charges aloud to Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar.
A judge in Kottayam, Kerala, issued a warrant after the prelate failed to appear in court July 13 to hear charges against him. Mulakkal is accused of raping a nun multiple times from 2014 to 2016.