Nun in Tamil Nadu found dead in well

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By DCD Reporter

Sister Kausalya Rajendren, belonging to the Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo was found dead in the well on February 17 near St. Charles Arts and Science College campus. She was 25.

She belongs to the Eastern Province of the congregation in Eraiyur, Ulundurpet taluk, Kallakurichi District in Tamil Nadu, south India.

Sister Kausalya is a Dalit nun, born in a village called Kottupakkam near Chetpet in the diocese of Vellore.

After her first vows, she was sent to St. Charles Arts and Science College to do a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics.

She is the second daughter of three girls.

She went on missing in the afternoon of February 16 and was found that the body was in the well.

Sister Kausalya visited a four-year-old boy named Roshan and they did not find her afterward. When they searched for her, they saw her sandals (chapels) floating in the well.

The villagers tried to bring the body out. When their attempt was unsuccessful, they reported to Elavanasur Kottai police station near Ulundurpet.

The fire service personnel was brought in to rescue and found the body on February 17, 2022, at 6.30 in the morning (local time).

The body was taken to the Kallakurichi Government Hospital for the post mortem followed by the funeral Mass in Rani Pettai, Vellore diocese.

Catholics from Eraiyur village paid their respect to Sister Kausalya.

The reason for her death is unknown and the police officials are investigating whether it is murder or suicide.

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