The seven men accused of killing Sister Valsa, a nun and activist in India, is set to begin Tuesday. Sister Valsa John Malamel was born in India and became a member of the Roman Catholic order of nuns, and made it her life’s mission to help and educate the poor in the village of Pachwara, India. She encouraged villagers to send their children to school and to stop alcohol abuse which led to physical altercations. Most recently, Sister Valsa worked on opposing a government-sponsored coal mine which opened in Pachwara. Sister Valsa was instrumental in getting the villagers and the coal mine to agree to a compromise, in which the mine would be permitted to operate but would have to provide displaced villagers with shelter and income from lost profits, and required the mine to use profits to establish a hospital, schools and jobs for villagers. When the coal mine failed to meet its obligations, Sister Valsa and the villagers grew frustrated. Several villagers decided they no longer wanted Sister Valsa as their intermediary, and a rift developed. After one of her closest friends was raped, men came for Sister Valsa and murdered her. The seven villagers accused of killing Sister Valsa have denied any involvement in the murder, and the police continue to search for more men they believe were involved. Recently, the Wall Street Journal published an interesting investigation into the life and murder of Sister Valsa.