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India tells 63-year-old nun to leave; pressure from Hindu extremists blamed

A 63-year-old British nun caring for leprosy patients for three decades in Bangalore, India, was preparing to leave the country Monday after the Indian government refused to extend her resident permit without giving any reason.

“I’m leaving with a heavy heart. I feel it’s not my loss alone but a loss to thousands of patients inflicted by leprosy,” Jacqueline Jean McEwan, whom leprosy patients call their “Mother Teresa,” told the Times of India Sunday.

Sister Jean, as she is popularly known, wasn’t given any reason by the Ministry of Home Affairs but just asked to leave by Monday, The Hindu newspaper reported. She is affiliated with the Montfort Missionaries, a Catholic order in Britain.

Speaking to the Christian Post, Dr. Sajan K. George of the Karnataka-based Global Council of Indian Christians said he suspected the role of the Karnataka state government ruled by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party,

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