Women’s panel for fresh probe into nun’s death

via PNS | Kozhikode published on December 15, 2008

The Kerala State Commission for Women would recommend a re-investigation into the mysterious death of Sr Jyothis (22), a nun of the Sacred Heart Convent, Kallurutty, Kozhikode, who was found dead in the well at the convent on the morning of November 20, 1998.

After visiting the parents of the dead nun at Vayalida, Thalayad, Kozhikode, commission member T Devi said that there were irregularities throughout the probe into the death by the local police.

Devi, who recorded the statement from the parents, said the irregularities in the probe could have been part of the deliberate efforts to save some people.

KM Jose, father of Sr Jyothis, told the commissioner that the police had made no conclusions about the death of his daughter. Even after their probe, they had not informed him about any conclusion whether the death was a case of suicide or murder, though he had requested for an answer several times.

The case had been taken over by the Crime Branch of the State police on an order from the Kerala High Court, but there was no information about how far it had progressed in the investigations. Parents of Sr Jyothis had said that she was an expert swimmer and death by water for her was highly impossible.

The parents also indicated that there were no investigations over the finding that there was a three-cm wound inside the vagina of the body when it was found.

Though this had generated suspicions about the death as doctors opined such wounds could be suffered only during rapes, there was no probe into this. However, the autopsy had not linked the death of the nun to the vaginal injury.

The police had claimed that the injury could have been inflicted during the fall into the well, and at that time there had been no investigation in this regard as the autopsy report had not suggested any suspicion.

The internal organs of Sr Jyothis had been subjected to chemical analysis but the report had not said anything about the vaginal scar. The chemical examination report had not specified how the cut could have occurred. It also did not suggest the need of an examination as to how it could have occurred.

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