A CBI court in Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala sentenced Catholic Father Thomas Kottoor and Sister Sephy to life imprisonment in the murder case of 19-year-old Sister Abhaya in 1992. The court on Tuesday convicted Catholic clergy and nuns in connection with the murder of Sister Abhaya.
Kerala: Special CBI court in Thiruvananthapuram sentences accused Fr. Thomas Kottoor & Sister Sephy to life imprisonment in the case pertaining to the murder of 19-year-old sister Abhaya in 1992. https://t.co/qD3lB9pcUH
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Sister Abhaya’s body was found in the well of a convent in Kottayam in 1992. The court said the murder charges against Father Thomas Kottoor and Sister Sephy are proved. Both are in judicial custody. Father Futhrakayal, another accused in the case, has been acquitted for lack of evidence.
The court ruling comes 28 years after the young nun was found dead in the well of St. Pius Convent. She lived in the convent. Abhaya’s parents died a few years ago waiting for their daughter to get justice. Before the CBI investigation, the local police and then the crime branch investigated the case and said that it was a suicide case.
The CBI took over the investigation of the case in 2008. The hearing in the case began on August 26 last year, during which many witnesses turned retracted. According to the prosecution, Abhaya was attacked with an axe handle, as she was witness to some unethical activities done by the three accused.