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British nun, facing expulsion from India, given last-minute reprieve

July 25, 2011

A British missionary sister, facing an order to leave India after working for nearly 30 years with lepers there, was granted a stay on July 25, and allowed 30 days to apply for a new residency permit.

Sister Jacqueline Jean McEwan had been ordered to leave India by today after government officials refused to renew her visa. She received word of her reprieve as she was traveling to the airport.

Sister McEwan had undergone special training in a London hospital as a young nun before she reached the Catholic leprosy home at Sumanahalli in Bangalore in 1982. The news that she was being forced to leave the country prompted intense media criticism, prompting officials to reconsider.


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