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.
"We realize that the liberating vow of obedience to God has to be reclaimed. We need to challenge and resist stereotypes and binaries that keep women in positions of subservience and enslavement."
Sr. Lissy Vadakkel, member of the 130-year-old Franciscan Clarist Congregation in Kerala, is designated as witness No. 2 in India's nun rape case against Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar. She says, "Being a preacher, I am bound to pray for all those who persecute me and I am doing it."
The case of an Indian bishop charged with raping a nun recently took a major step forward. The case has rekindled coverage on sisters’ abuse at the hands of clergy; prompted women religious to decry abuse, and divided India’s Catholic Church.
More than 1,500 nuns came together with an estimated 1,300 other Catholics to correct a negative portrayal of religious life they say has arisen in wake of rape charges against bishop.