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Kothamangalam diocese expresses regret over death of Shalomi

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Muvattupuzha: The Kothamangalam diocese has expressed regret over the death of Shalomi Joseph, wife of T J Joseph, whose right hand was allegedly chopped off by activists of the Popular Front of India (PFI), July 4, 2010.

“The diocese was not against reinstating Joseph. Talks on that matter were going on,” Fr Francis Alappat told reporters here on Thursday.

Months after Joseph was attacked, the Catholic management of New Man College in Thodupuzha,where he worked as Malayalam lecturer, had suspended him from service.

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

As per reports, Shalomi was dejected by the Church’s reluctance to reinstate him as he was the sole breadwinner of the family.

Shalomi’s body was found hanging in the bathroom around 3 p.m. Wednesday. She was rushed to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Police have begun a probe into the death.

The woman was a key witness to the crime involving her husband. The trial in the case is on.

Joseph's right hand was chopped off allegedly by PFI activists July 4, 2010 when he was returning home along with his family members from the Sunday Mass.

The attackers were said to be upset after Joseph reportedly prepared a question paper for a college examination that had allegedly inflammatory remarks on Prophet Mohammed.

Over two dozen PFI activists were arrested. The case is now being probed by the National Investigation Agency.

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