Indian Police make first arrest in nun’s rape
26 March, Kolkata: The 70-year-old nun was raped by a gang of seven dacoits inside a Convent in Gangnapur village of Nadia district in West Bengal on March 14. Reportedly, the victim along with another nun tried to thwart the robbery attempt on the premises of the Convent.
However, the dacoits tied up the other nun and raped the victim in front of her. They also fled with Rs 10 to 12 lakh in cash. Indian police have made their first arrest over the rape of an elderly nun that has shocked the country, a senior official said on Thursday.
Police in the state capital Kolkata identified four of the six robbers through CCTV footage and had detained eight people for questioning.But no arrests were made until Wednesday and authorities in Kolkata had faced criticism over the pace of progress in the investigation.
Last week, the West Bengal government said it was handing over the case to the country’s top investigators after coming under fire over the lack of arrests.The assault was the latest in a string of high-profile rapes in India and added to the fears of the country’s Christian minority following a spate of attacks on churches.
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has also taken suo motu cognisance of the case and has issued a notice to the West Bengal government. India Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised a crackdown on religious violence and has said he was deeply concerned about the attack on the nun.
The Oslo Times