October 25, 2008 11:39:09 pm
I hid myself under the staircase. The crowd was shouting, where is that sister, come let us rape her, at least 100 people should rape her.” This and much more is part of the first signed statement released to the media by the young nun who was allegedly raped at Kandhamal on August 25. She has also accused the Orissa police of being “friendly” with the attackers, demanding a CBI inquiry into the incident.
Making her first public appearance, the nun, who had disappeared soon after the incident, narrated her story — how a heavily-armed mob of 40-50 persons dragged her out of the house where she was staying, tore her clothes, how one of them raped her, how there was a clamour from the mob that she should be raped by at least 100 people.
Two days after the Supreme Court ruled out for the time being a CBI inquiry into the August 25 incident, asking her instead to cooperate with the state police, the nun alleged that the Orissa Police did not take her statement and even pressurised her not to file an FIR against her attackers and rapist. “They tried their best to ensure that I do not file the FIR. I was raped and I do not want to be victimised. I want a CBI probe,” said the nun.
Putting a big question mark on the functioning of the Orissa Police, the nun said when she and other victims approached the police, the cops “warned her of consequences” of filing an FIR against them.
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People accompanying her told The Indian Express that “there was no question of her participating in the identification parade or assisting the police in the ongoing investigations”. “The cops were not even registering her FIR, did not take any steps to protect her or the others from the mob. In fact, they tried to force her not to lodge an FIR, or at least, tone it down. How can she trust them now?” asked one of her supporters.
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court had declined to hand over the investigation to the CBI, noting that the victim had left the area and was refusing to participate in the identification parade, though nine people had been arrested in connection with the alleged rape.
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