Nun in central India accused of conversion granted anticipatory bail

The Madhya Pradesh High Court on March 16 granted anticipatory bail to a Catholic nun accused of violating the central Indian state’s anti-conversion law.

Sister Bhagya, a member of the Sisters of the Destitute, was asked to furnish personal bond of 10,000 rupees and with one solvent surety of the same amount to avail the interim bail.

The single judge bench has posted the case to April 7 for the next hearing.

The nun, who is the principal of the Sacred Heart Convent High School in Khajuraho of Chhatarpur district, has been booked under sections 3 and 5 of the Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Ordinance, 2020.

The allegation against her is that she attempted to convert a former staff member who functioned as an assistant librarian in the school and whose services were terminated subsequently on account of poor performance.

In the first information report dated Feb. 22 the woman alleged that her husband, who was ailing with a mental disorder, was promised to be cured by the nun provided she and her family got converted to Christianity. “It is also stated that she had given the allurement that the Christian God is greater than the Hindu God,” the court noted.

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