Delhi Has A Change of Heart for Sister Jean

July 25, 2011

A few days ago newspapers and websites were reporting that London-born Jacqueline Jean McEwan, a Catholic nun from Britain who has spent 29 years caring for leprosy patients in Bengaluru, India, is being forced to give up her work and leave the country after Delhi refused to renew her residency permit. Sometimes known as the Mother Teresa of Sumanahalli, Sister Jean runs a mobile clinic for leprosy patients in Bengaluru.

We can now confirm that Sister Jean McEwan, has been given an extension to apply for residency visa. We think that this is the least that the authorities in Delhi could do for someone who has been helping the country’s sick for nearly 30 years.

For more on this story, see also these links from the Guardian:
Nun forced to leave India after 29 years of helping leprosy patients
India extends British nun’s stay after visa row

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