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.