Ex-nun alleges sexual abuse in convents

Last Updated: Fri, Feb 20, 2009 12:19 hrs

Thiruvananthapuram: The autobiography of a former nun in Kerala, in which she recounts her "harrowing" experience during her time spent in the cloisters, is selling like hot cakes even as the influential Catholic church is yet to react to the charges in the book.

In her memoirs in Malayalam titled Amen (so be it), 'Sister' Jesme writes of alleged sexual abuse, corruption and power struggles in the "dark confines" of convents where she had lived for about 30 years.

The book has come out at a time when the influential Catholic church in Kerala is facing a difficult time following the arrest of two nuns in the infamous Sister Abhaya case.

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The church is yet to officially respond to the tell-all reminiscences of the 52-year-old Jesme, holding they would react to it after studying the book.

An English professor and the Principal of a church-run college in Thrissur, Jesme quit the convent last year after spending years of "sufferings and struggles."

Jesme, who continues her religious life or 'sanayas' even after leaving the convent, said the aim of the book was not to just sell something juicy but to "open a little window to allow some light to enter into silent sufferings of hundreds of women."

"When a woman is molested only one in thousand will speak out. Then think of the nuns, they will not speak out the truth," Jesme, now staying in Kozhikode, said.

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