Parents abduct converted daughter

August 21, 2013 by  
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NunChennai, August 21, 2013: Police have launched a search for the parents of a 23-year-old woman who took away their daughter from Chennai by force, opposing her conversion to Christianity and plans to become a nun.

Police on Friday said Lakshmi Priya, an engineer from a Hindu family in Secunderabad, had converted to Christianity and was preparing in Chennai to become a nun.

An investigating officer said Priya’s parents appear to have abducted her because they were opposed to her conversion.

“She came to Chennai to join a seminary at Irumbuliyur near Tambaram and become a nun,” he said.

She and a friend from the convent, Anandi Beulah, had left the seminary for prayer meeting at Perungalthur on Thursday. As they were returning, Priya saw her parents and four other people near a bus stand.

As she approached them, her mother collapsed and Priya rushed to her aid. Priya’s father, Vardharajalu, told her they should take her mother to a hospital and asked her to get into a waiting car.

“When they shut the doors and refused to let Priya go, she cried out for help, but the driver sped away.” A passerby asked Anandi to get on his bike and they tried to chase the car but lost sight of it. Anandi lodged a police complaint.

Nuns under whom Priya was training said they allowed Priya to join the seminary only after she proved she was an adult and convinced them she wanted to lead a life of selfless service.

– times of india

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