Nun celebrates first vows, arrested under anti-conversion legislation

A young Indian nun was arrested along with her mother and three other people in her village, Balachhapar, in Jashpur district (Chhatisgarh).

The religious Sister, who took her vows six months ago in Ranchi (Jharkhand), is a member of the Congregation of the Daughters of Saint Anne, an Indian congregation founded in 1897 by Sister Mary Bernadette Prasad Kispotta, the first servant of God of tribal origin in India.

Upon returning home, she participated in a religious service to celebrate her profession. She and the others were arrested after local Hindu nationalist groups filed a complaint against her for conducting healing sessions and hurting other religions.

According to local Christians who spoke to Matters India, an Indian Catholic online news platform, Sister Bibha Kerketta and her family held a Thanksgiving Mass for her first vows, inviting relatives, friends and Catholic neighbours.

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