Nun Gang Rape Case: Archbishop clears Mamata, blames Modi govt for rising violence against minorities

Bishop, Church of North India, names victim Sister Mary, on the lines of Nirbhaya.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Updated: March 17, 2015 3:43 pm
 Mamata Banerjee, Bengal nun rape case, nun rape, nun gangrape, Bengal nun rape, bengal nun gangrape, Nun gang-raped, convent nun rape, gang-rape WB, Nadia, Nun rape, WB govt, West Bengal news, Bengal news, india news, national news During a protest rally against the alleged gangrape, at Park Street in Kolkata on Monday. (Source: Express Photo by Subham Dutta)

Taking the Narendra Modi-led BJP government head-on for the rising incidents of violence on the minority community, the Archbishop of Kolkata, Thomas D’Souza, on Monday expressed in clear terms his unhappiness over the ongoing probe into the alleged gangrape of an elderly nun at a convent school in Nadia district.

“The instances of violence on the minority community have gone up across the state since this new (BJP) government came to power at the Centre,” D’Souza, who participated in a rally in the city from Allen Park in Park Street to express solidarity and sympathy to the victim, said. The rally was organised by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Calcutta.

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D’Souza added: “Although the probe and the detention of some people is a welcome start, we are not happy because there hasn’t been much headway in this regard. We urge the government to arrest the culprits soon and ascertain the motives.” He, however, claimed that the “state administration and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee have taken “prompt steps” after the attack.

Ashok Biswas, Bishop, Calcutta, Church of North India, said referring to the victim as “the nun who had been raped”, should be stopped. “Instead, like Nirbhaya, we would like to name her Sister Mary because of her courage and resilience. She had forgiven the offenders and had also asked us to pray for everyone, including the robbers,” he said.

The attack on the convent school by a group of robbers on Friday in which the 71-year-old nun was allegedly gangraped has opened fresh debates on the security of members of the minority communities under the present central government’s rule. On Monday, as participants, including school children, gathered to attend the rally at Park Street in droves, concerns regarding the incident being part of a larger design held a common thread.

“I will not be surprised if investigations reveal that the motive of ‘ghar wapsi’ was behind it,” Maria Fernandez, vice chairperson of the state minority commission, said. She informed that a team will visit Ranaghat on Tuesday.

At the silent protest rally in Ranaghat, which saw area locals marching around sporting black badges, criticism of the state government was abound. “We are losing hope in the administration. They have missed their self-set deadline of 48 hours (to arrest the culprits). If we don’t see a result soon, we will put up a road block,” a local said.

Blame game among political parties continued unabated on Monday.

State Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim said that the incident of Ranaghat was “an indication of the rising communal force”.

State BJP president Rahul Sinha, on the other hand, alleged the involvement of the ruling party.

“The heinous crime had been committed by people who had the patronage of the TMC,” he said.

Earlier in the day, a team of Congress leaders, led by Md Shorab, visited Ranaghat. State Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and senior Congress leader Manas Bhuniya accompanied the team. “It is a huge shame for Bengal which is being viewed by the entire country as a rape capital,” Chowdhury said. Bhuniya said that the incident was “an attack on a mother and offenders should be given the strictest of punishment.”

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    Varadarajan Seshamani
    Mar 26, 2016 at 6:32 am
    Pity that there is a bigoted person at the head of an Archdiocease in West Bengal. He does not understand the basic logic of what he is;br/gt;The State is West Bengallt;br/gt;The investigation is in West Bengal, by the West Bengal;br/gt;And he blames the Central;br/gt;Hypocrisy and bias ruleslt;br/gt;Truth does not seem to matter even to the supposed Apostles of Truth and the Princes of the;br/gt;All pomp and procedurelt;br/gt;Signifying the absense of truth altogether.
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      Abeendra Nath.K
      Mar 21, 2015 at 6:32 pm
      These anti- Indians have clear hidden agenda against new central government ..
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        Thomas John
        Mar 22, 2015 at 2:01 pm
        Every minority should be provided with two security officials each, permission to keep arms (though they are already doing this without permission) without license, subsidy on guns with free bullets and majority should be used for target practice.
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          Mar 19, 2015 at 2:23 am
          I fully agree with the views of Uday, Sumeet, and most of the others. How this arch bishop is making a political statement? How is he blaming the central govt where as he knows very well that law and order comes under the state govt. Since colonial days these christian missionaries have been smartly converting Hindus to Christians. This conversion is mostly held in the rural India and the retaliations are also happening in rural areas, whether it is Delhi, UP or WB. Now when they are obstructed by the people, they do something absurd and in retaliation those people take law in their own hand and make these incidents against Christian organisations. Why? Because no one is there to listen to the religious majority in this pseudo-secular country. An advice to Arch bishop - Stop making any type of political statements and stop your bloody conversion in the rural part of India. Otherwise you will see such incidents happening in many parts of India. You, Arch bishop, have no problem when you convert Hindus' to Christians but you start creating problem when the people reconvert or obstruct your conversion. Your conversion is correct for you while re-conversion to Hindu is incorrect to you. Why are you still playing this game? You started this game since colonial days and still you are continuing. Why? Why? Stop your nasty deeds Arch bishop and all these will not be there. Remember the proverb Arch bishop - 'As you sow, so shall you reap.' So all these are just the mere result of your deeds which you have been doing since colonial days. At the same time i'm not supporting rape whether it is of minority or majority. My personal request to all religious organisations and the hardliners to stop all these because we Indians have to progress a lot and build our country into a developed nation. It is a huge task and should be each and every one's motto, not just the government's.
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            Mar 17, 2015 at 11:40 pm
            Modi asked for this ! He tried to be some Neutral and Secular messiah and win trust of 'minorities' and began frowning on Hindu 'fringe' groups - even before any investigations established facts. He wanted to play games with them. Without seeing where all this is going- Reconversions by Hindus ! Its clear now what their motive behind prompt Malingering about 'attacks' on christians- to force Modi Govt to stop the Reconversion drive so missionaries can go on like before converting freely. All they have to do is provoke hindus with even more aggressive evangelism and make them react without any understanding of the game. Then scream and go on a Global Smear Campiaign of how bad Hindus are in India and their Right Wing Extremist Government. You have for help a media that hates hindus especially hindu outfits and a BJP Govt that is clueless and ready to compromise on Hindu issues. Modi deserves this fully- trying to appease the missionaries who demand Monopoly on Faith propogation and trying to be a Sceular Good Boy. I have no sympathy for this mess he created for himself and his government trying to act smart with his own support base and Hindu society.
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              Mar 17, 2015 at 2:55 am
              All the rapists in the pictures published did not look like non-brahmins.
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                Atul Bhat
                Mar 18, 2015 at 1:37 pm
                If the people who raped were Christians themselves, then what has this archbishop got to say about communal violence? In such a case, is it Modi's Responsibility, Mamata's or The Archbishop's duty himself to teach morals to his followers?
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                  Avinash Jain
                  Mar 17, 2015 at 1:48 pm
                  Height of absurdity and pathological hatred
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