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Vinayan's film on Sister Abhaya murder case

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Ace Malayalam director Vinayan, famous for his ability to take risks by presenting a variety of differences in every film, will soon direct Pious Tenth Garden, based on the controversial Sister Abhaya murder case about a Catholic nun who was found dead in a well in St Pious X convent in Kottayam nearly 16 years back.

Vinayan said that the theme is not exactly the murder case of Sister Abhaya, but the relationship between a priest and nun who fall in love and the pressure of that situation. The script is also handled by the director. He revealed that he he would try to get Sureshgopi in the lead role. Two producers have showed interest in making the film. Shooting will start in January 2009.

Sister Abhaya (21), a pre-degree student and inmate of the St Pius Convent, Kottayam, was found dead under mysterious circumstances on March 27, 1992 in a well. Initially, the local police and the state Crime Branch which investigated the case concluded that the nun had committed suicide. Later, the case was handed over to the CBI by the High Court on a petition by Abhaya's father. The case is that Sr. Abhaya happened to witness sexual congress between priests and nuns and was murdered to keep the illegitimate relationship concealed.

Meanwhile, the 16 year old Abhaya murder case took a new turn recently (on November 19) with CBI officials arrested two Christian priests and a nun into custody on charges of murder. Later, the CBI questioned Kottayam Archbishop Mar Mathew Moolekkat at its office and submitted a report in a sealed cover detailing the evidence collected against the arrested persons.

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