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.

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Novice's death in India puts spotlight on tragedies over three decades

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.

Indian nun testifies in closed session of bishop's rape trial

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 nun accuses bishop of rape, trial starts with reading of charges

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.

Indian court cancels Bishop Mulakkal's bail

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.