A Catholic nun was found dead in a waste-water tank today in Thiruvananthapuram in the southern Indian state of Kerala, according to a police official.
P. Chandrasekharan, an additional director general of police, said the body of Sister Mary Ancy was discovered in the tank at the Holy Spirit Convent, where she lived.
He said two concrete slabs covering the tank had been removed and that a case of unnatural death had been registered for investigation.
The 48-year-old nun was a teacher in Holy Cross lower primary school in Palapoor, run by the Holy Spirit sisters.
Authorities at the convent, which operates under the supervision of Thriuvananthapuram’s Latin archdiocese, were not available for comment today.
According to the police report, nine nuns residing in the convent last saw the deceased at dinner about 9pm yesterday, after which they retired to their rooms.
This morning at 5am, the report continued, a nun staying in an adjacent room tried to wake Sister Mary but she was not in her room.
Residents living near the convent later found her body inside the tank at about 7:30am, the report stated.
Sister Mary reportedly suffered from severe allergies, and burn marks were found on her skin, according to the report.
She hailed from Kerala’s Kottayam district and had joined the convent in 1980.