Robbers gang-rape nun in her 70s at Kolkata school

Two people have been arrested in connection with the alleged attack of the 75-year-old nun who was gagged and gang-raped.

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Published: Sat 14 Mar 2015, 6:51 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 9:09 PM

Kolkata — Police in eastern India said on Saturday they were investigating the gang rape of a 75-year-old nun by burglars who broke into the convent school where she lived.

Two people have been arrested in connection with the alleged attack on Friday night, when 12 men broke into the convent in West Bengal state.

“A preliminary investigation has revealed that a nun at the school was gagged and gang-raped,” police inspector-general Anuj Sharma said.

“Two people have so far been arrested,” he said, adding that the nun was recovering in hospital.

Local residents took to the streets in anger, shouting slogans demanding action and blocking off the main highway.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted her condemnation of what she called a “horrific attack”, promising “swift, strongest action”.

The incident came at a time of heightened sensitivity over women’s safety in India, which last week banned a documentary about the 2012 gang rape of a student in Delhi that sparked mass protests.

Authorities said screening the documentary could have caused public disorder, but critics accused the government of being more concerned with the country’s reputation than the safety of its women.

The December 2012 gang rape of a young physiotherapy student highlighted the frightening level of violence against women in the world’s second most populous country and triggered mass protests.

It led to a major reform of India’s rape laws, speeding up trials and increasing penalties, although many campaigners say little has changed for women on the ground.



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