Before nun was raped, she tried to save two others

Sources said that when the intruders were molesting two other nuns, the victim intervened and said they should stop as the sisters were not well.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Published:March 19, 2015 3:05 am
Bengal nun rape case, West Bengal, church attack, Bengal nun rape, West Bengal nun rape, nun rape, nun rape West Bengal, Indian Christians, Christians in India, attacks on church, church attack, express news, india news Christian nuns pray as they hold a candle light vigil to condemn the gang rape of a nun at a Christian missionary school in eastern India outside the Sacred Heart cathedral in New Delhi, India, on Monday. (Source: PTI photo)

Cardinal Baselios Cleemis, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India, visited Ranaghat on Wednesday to meet the 71-year-old nun who was raped in West Bengal’s Nadia district last week. “The sister is in the hospital, she is at peace and she forgives her oppressors. She is praying for everyone, including the oppressors. I was surprised she spoke with such serenity. Justice is, however, the concern of the society. The culprits should be brought to book,” Cleemis, who also met Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, said.

Sources said that when the intruders were molesting two other nuns, the victim intervened and said they should stop as the sisters were not well. They then suggested that she should come along with them, and forcibly tried to lift her, but the nun said she would walk. Sources said she was taken to a separate room. She was found there at 4 am, lying in a pool of blood.

Sources added that some of the intruders tried to forcibly take rings and chains from the nuns, who pleaded that they should leave those items alone as “they belong to God”.

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Meanwhile, Cleemis said, “I am told the CM has ordered a CBI probe… I have met her in her office and shared with her our anxiety and she has extended her cooperation by ordering a CBI probe,” he said.

Amid widespread protests in Kolkata, he added, “These attacks, I guarantee, will never separate the Christians from the mainstream. But this incident will bring more sorrow to the nation.”

Recounting his meeting with the nun, he said, “She said she has forgiven but added that what happened to her should not happen to anyone else. As this period of Lent is very special for Christians, she said that the way she saw it, her suffering helped her identify with the suffering of Christ at this time, and she hoped it would yield in bringing blessings to everyone.”

Meanwhile in Kolkata, Gouri Chowdhury, observer, BJP Mahila Morcha, said, “We are protesting against the lawlessness and lack of security for women in a state which has a lady CM. Why is justice being delayed so much if pictures of offenders are available?”

State president of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind Mohd Nooruddin claimed the “anti-minority speeches by BJP leaders” were to blame for such incidents. Left Front chairman Biman Bose and leader of the opposition Surya Kanta Mishra, too, condemned the attack.

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    aslam khan
    Mar 19, 2015 at 3:31 pm
    my advice for all women would be arm themselfs all the time with the weapon of their choice , eg pepper spray or pen knife etc, for self defence purpose.
  2. A
    Mar 19, 2015 at 7:41 am
    Pls stop this over glorification. It makes me throw up. What's RSS and Modi got to do with this. It's simply a henious act and should not be politicised by you.
  3. A
    Mar 19, 2015 at 8:59 am
    The act happened in Bengal (bhadra lok). Blame the TMC govt for not doing enough. Muppets are blaming BJP. By that same measure Sonia and her Con party for the Nirbhaya case. Does that make sense. Let's concentrate on catching the animals who did it and hang them.
  4. A
    Mar 19, 2015 at 1:23 pm
    RSS strategy should be blamed for this. They are spreading communal hatred across country
  5. A
    Mar 19, 2015 at 10:17 pm
    Guys rather than just upholding ones own religion. Let's condemn that act which was done by a bunch of lofers . Which religion they may belong. As we so called "learned cl " think like this . Then what's the fate of our uneducated brothers and sisters . towards whom these political persons are making their remarks. Whoever the culprit May b a Muslim a Hindu or a Christian or any other he should be given punishment.
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    bs kar
    Mar 19, 2015 at 9:48 am
    the Nun must be declared as Saint immediately like mother Theresa so that all GOOD CHRISTIANS can pray to her for their salvation.
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    bs kar
    Mar 19, 2015 at 10:51 am
    whenever the article is based on " SOURCES" understand that its a paid news.
  8. P
    Mar 20, 2015 at 1:52 am
    Can anyone imagine if this happened in BJP ruled state?
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