Indian authorities must ensure a thorough investigation into the killing of a nun who had worked for the rights of adivasi indigenous communities, Amnesty International said today.
Valsa John, 52, is the fourth social activist to have been killed in unexplained circumstances in India this year
She was beaten to death by a gang of about 40 people who stormed into her home in the eastern state of Jharkhand on the night of 15 November.
"Valsa John appears to have been murdered in connection with her human rights work," said Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific director.
"The Jharkhand authorities must ensure that those responsible for this gruesome killing are brought to justice.
“Indian federal and state authorities have to ensure that human rights activists throughout the country are protected."
Valsa John's family and human rights activists in Jharkhand told Amnesty International she had received death threats hours before her murder in Pauchuara, Pakur district.