Bhubaneswar, Oct 7 (LocalWire) Gladys Staines, the wife of Australian missionary Graham Staines, who was murdered in India in 1999, has arrived in Odisha on a brief visit, officials said.
She would leave for Australia on Thursday. She arrived at Baripada, the district headquarters town of Mayurbhanj and stayed at the Evangelical Missionary Society in Mayurbhanj (EMSM).
Finding their most beloved “Didi” amongst them after several years, the delighted inmates of the Leprosy Home, which the Staines had set up, said that they find no words to express their joy.
“We cannot forget the selfless service and contribution of “Dada” (Graham Staines) and “Didi” (Gladys)” for us”, an inmate said.
Gladys’ husband and two minor sons, Phillip (10) and Timothy (seven) were burnt alive while asleep in a station wagon at Manoharpur village in neighbouring Keonjhar district on the night of January 22, 1999.
The incident had sent shockwaves throughout the country and abroad.
Gladys was awarded Padmashree in 2005 and given Mother Teresa Memorial Award in 2015, had said that she had forgiven the killers of her husband and sons and that she holds no bitterness against them.