Third Indian Christian clergy suicides due to depression in 10 days

    03-Jul-2020
In the third such incident in India in 10 days, a Catholic priest was found hanging from the ceiling fan of his residence in Tuticorin Diocese in southern India's Tamil Nadu State, UCA News reported.
 
Christian priests suicide 
 
According to the report, Father Xavier Alwin, 36, was found in his room within the premises of a diocesan-run school in Thoothukudi district on July 1. He was a teacher in the school.
 
Bishop Stephen Antony Pillai of Tuticorin said police recovered a suicide note saying the priest was "frustrated." The bishop said he was unaware of the cause of "frustration that led him to take the extreme step."
 
Following are some suicide cases reported regarding Christian clergies-
 
On June 20, the body of 50-year-old Father Yeruva Bala Shoury Reddy was found hanging from the ceiling fan of his bedroom in Kolakalur parish in Guntur Diocese of Andhra Pradesh State. Before hanging himself, the priest had tried to kill himself by stabbing himself in his stomach. A suicide note said he was depressed and took the extreme step.
 
On June 22, the body of another priest, 51-year-old Father George Ettupara, was fished out of a well near his parish in Punnathura village in Kerala State. He is also suspected of committing suicide following depression.
 
A 21-year-old student nun's body was found in the well of her convent on May 7. The nun belonged to the convent of the Basilian congregation in Kerala's Pathanamthitta district.
 
Last year on Oct. 11, Father Mahesh D'Souza, 36, of Udupi Diocese in Karnataka State, was found hanging from a ceiling fan in his room. He was a parish priest and principal of a diocese-run school.
 
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