Bishops distressed over sex attack on Catholic nun

Bishops distressed over sex attack on Catholic nun

New Delhi, June 22, 2015: The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India has condemned the sexual assault on a Catholic nun in a mission center in Raipur and sought adequate security for Christians in social service.

The bishops are “deeply distressed to learn of the sad news” of attack on a 47-year old nun belonging to the Salesian Missionaries of Mary Immaculate, said Conference secretary general Bishop Albert D’Souza.

The nun, a qualified nurse, was in the Nursing Home together with two other girls. She was found early morning, gagged and tied to the bed after being brutally attacked and molested, the bishop’s statement said.

Reports quoting police said two masked men entered the nun’s room Friday night in search of cash and valuables and assaulted her after they failed to find their booty.

The nun lived with three aides at the infirmary and provided primary treatment to children and those who suffer minor injuries.

The survivor was initially taken to Government Ambedkar Hospital attached to Medical College, but she shifted to district hospital after media followed the survivor.

It said the CBCI “views these attacks on the nuns very seriously” and urges the federal and state governments “to act speedily to book the culprits involved in this heinous crime.”

It also wanted the government to “provide adequate security and protection to the Christian Missionaries whose selfless service to the poor has been widely acclaimed by the Indian public in general.”

“Such incidents of violence on minorities and especially women, tarnishes the image of our country in the international community, besides posing serious questions as to how far the minorities are safe and secure today in India,” the statement said.

– press release

Nun Gangraped by two in Missionary Hospital

Chhattisgarh, June 20, 2015: A nun working as a nurse in missionary run hospital was gang raped while she was alone at the night by two unidentified men.

The hospital comes between Vidhansabha and Pandari Police Station. But as per police jurisdiction the concerned area fall under Pandari- Police Station limits.

The incident took place on Friday night as the two men entered in her room and sexually assaulted her. The victim stated that both the men tied her hands and feet and then raped her.

The nun was admitted in government hospital for treatment and tests.

SP Rural Bhatt said, the primae facie of the crime scene gives an impression that the assailant burgled the nurse room in order to depict theft but when they found her alone assaulted her. The incident came to light when the lady came back to senses and police recorded her official statement.

The minority interest groups visualized the attack as an attack on their religion and expressed it as total failure of State Government in maintaining of law and order of the state.

Social Activist Goldy George said, this is not single attack on people belonging to Minority Class, a conspiracy is going in the country to miff the voice of people belonging to minority class. We condemn these types of activities and demand immediate arrest of culprits in the case, added the activist.

People of Christian fraternity planned to take out candle march protest on Saturday evening at Jaistambh Chowk.

Leader of Opposition of Congress Party, condemned the attack and said under the rule of Raman Singh government situation of law and order of state is deteriorating day by day, women and ladies are unsafe.

Former CM Ajit Jogi condemned State Administration and demanded immediate arrest of the culprits.


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