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Indian nun gets six months in jail for failing to report conversions


A court in central India jailed a 56-year-old nun last week for violating a law on conversion, which a church official said is the first such case in Indian history.

Ambikapur district court in Chhattisgarh state, central India, sentenced Ursuline Sr Bridhi Ekka to six months in jail for not reporting conversions to district authorities, reported UCA News.

Sr Ekka was jailed soon after the verdict was pronounced.

"It is sad and shocking that a religious woman is the first one to be victimised under the controversial law," said Fr Henry D'Souza, executive secretary of the social communications commission of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India.

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22 Jul 2002