Hundreds of people participated in an all-faith prayer meeting on Monday for Sister Valsa John, who was murdered near Dumka in Jharkhand on November 15.

Representatives of Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, and Christian communities participated in the prayer gathering held at Allen Park on Mother Teresa Sarani (Park Street) and Camac Street crossing.

A lamp and candles were lit in front of a picture of Sister Valsa by representatives of the communities.

“The brutal murder of Sr. Valsa John, who served the poor Santals for over a decade, is highly condemnable,” said Coadjutor archbishop Thomas D'Souza of Calcutta, pointing out that “life is sacred and no one has the right to take it.” Sister Valsa John, 52, a resident of Ernakulam district in Kerala, was laid to rest at St. Paul's Church, Dudhani.