Suicide by wife of lecturer whose hand was chopped

March 21, 2014 by  
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T J JosephThiruvananthapuram, March 20, 2014: The wife of the Kerala college lecturer, whose hand was chopped off after he allegedly insulted the Prophet, was found dead in their house in Muvattupuzha.

Months after the lecturer, T J Joseph was attacked in 2010, the Catholic management of Newman College in Thodupuzha had suspended him from service and sources within the family said his wife Salomy was dejected by the Church’s reluctance to reinstate him as he was the sole breadwinner of the family.

Her body was found hanging on Wednesday.

Despite demands from the state government, civil society and the university that Joseph be reinstated, the Church management had taken no action.

After being removed from service, Joseph had said the management’s move had pained him more than the attack he had faced from alleged Popular Front of India activists.

Sources said Salomy took the extreme step after she realized that Joseph would not be reinstated before March 31, the day he was to retire from service. In that case, Joseph would naturally be denied any salary or benefit.

Advocate Ramkumar on Wednesday said the management had tried to delay Joseph’s reinstatement until his retirement and that a criminal case should be filed against the diocese of Kothamangalam and the college management.

– indian express

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