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Congregation of Jesus And Mary Head Reached Ranaghat, Prayed For Elderly Nun

2015-03-16 09:26

DM Nadia PB Salim (right) and SDO Ranaghat Rajarshi MItra accompanied by SP Nadia Arnab Ghosh coming out of Ranaghat sub divisional hospital after visiting the brutalized Nun. Picture by ABHI GHOSH


Ranaghat, March 16: A day after elderly nun was brutalized, the global head of the Congregation of the Religious of Jesus and Mary, to which the nun is associated, visited her in hospital and spent hours praying for her.

Sister Monica Joseph took the first flight from Rome and arrived in Ranaghat yesterday to express solidarity with the nuns.

School sources said, she has decided to stay back in the convent "till matters improve".

Meanwhile, superintendent of Ranaghat sub-divisional hospital Atindra Mondal said: “The nun is better today and gradually recuperating. She is, however, undergoing psychiatric counseling session”

A medical board consisting of five doctors monitoring her condition round the clock.

Earlier Monicial Joseph, who is the superior-general of the congregation today reached the Ranaghat hospital around 7.30am in a police vehicle. She was joined later by school Principal Sister Shanti and another nun from the convent.

A source in the hospital said the senior nun from Rome conducted the Morning Prayer in the cabin where the assaulted nun has been admitted.

"Sister Joseph knelt in the cabin and prayed. The patient also prayed with her. Then the patient had breakfast," said a hospital official.

The sources said Sister Joseph then requested the nurses on duty to help her spray perfume in the room and light incense sticks.

"I heard that jasmine is the patient's favourite perfume and so requested us to arrange for Jasmine spray in the cabin”, a hospital official said.

Sister Joseph also conducted a spiritual counseling for the elderly nun. She spent all the day in her cabin, only took a break in the afternoon for lunch when she returned to school.

superintendent of the hospital, Atindranath Mondal, said: "The patient has also undergone a spiritual counseling that was conducted by Sister Joseph, apart from the psychiatric counseling by a doctor of the medial board. The patient's condition is now stable and she is trying to overcome the mental trauma."

A team of five doctors, including a gynaecologist and a psychiatrist, is examining the assaulted nun.

The team attended to her when Sister Joseph was in the cabin this morning.

The chief minister also visited the elderly nun this evening. Mamata Banerjee arrived at the hospital around 6.20pm and left about 20 minutes later.

"When the chief minister visited the patient, the senior nun was there. Sister Joseph also expressed her satisfaction over the treatment that the patient has been receiving," an hospital official said.

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