India, Obituary

Obituary: Indian activist Sister Valsa John murdered by mob, aged 52

An Indian woman who fought various local mining companies and claimed she had been warned she would be killed, has been beaten to death by a mob of men. Sister Valsa John, who was 52, died on Wednesday morning in Pachuwara, a remote village in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand.

Sister Valsa John took her vows almost a quarter of a century ago, and claimed that part of her religious work involved teaching local people about their rights as they battled mining companies. Her work made her a popular figure in Pachuwara, but also made her a target.

Having recently left Pachuwara and taken refuge with a friend in Bihar, Sister Valsa John told others that she feared she would be killed if she ever went home. She did eventually return to Pachuwara, and was murdered abou a week later.


About Sarah Bosdiccia

Sarah Bosdiccia is a writer, journalist, blogger and editorial assistant. In the past, she has worked in the local newspaper business and has taught journalism modules at undergraduate level. She doesn't 'do' Facebook but you can follow her at @sarah_bosdiccia.


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