Nuns arrested for forcible conversion in Christian school

via HK published on July 29, 2007

BHUBANESWAR: Two nuns in Mayurbhanj district were arrested on charges  under Sections 323 (causing simple hurt) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 4 (forcibly attempting conversion) of the Orissa Freedom of Religion Act on Saturday, Reports Times news network

Sister Mary (60) and Sister Prema (63) were accused of attempting to forcibly convert the girls studying at Bijay Sadan, a Catholic residential school in Baghamara.


The arrests were made after Sarojini Murmu (12) and Anjana Behera (10) complained that they were compelled to participate in prayers against their wish. They also accused the nuns of “physically and mentally torturing” them when they refused to sing the hymns.

As usual Father Isaac of the Catholic Diocese in Balasore, rushed to Mayurbhanj. He said the charges were “cooked up”.

SP S K Singh Singh and the additional district magistrate conducted inquiries after they received an FIR on July 25. “The complaint was prima facie true,” the SP said.


The issue came to light after Murmu, a Class IX student, and Behera, a Class VI student, ran away from the school hostel on July 13. However, the school did not inform the parents and approached the police only after the parents came to know about their children leaving the hostel.


These incidents are only tip of the ice berg and many Hindu kids are falsely indoctrinated in majority of Christian schools all over the country. Police authorities of other states also should follow the way of Orissa Police and make sure such criminals are bought infront of law.

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