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India: men acquitted in rape of nun

January 05, 2017

Citing lack of evidence, a judge in Chhattisgarh, India, has acquitted two men who had been accused of taking part in the gang rape of a nun at a nursing home in Raipur in June 2015.

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The sister, 47 at the time, is a member of the Salesian Missionaries of Mary Immaculate.

“This is not just a crime against a Christian nun,” Auxiliary Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas of Ranchi said at the time. “It is a crime against the very dignity of women of India. It shows a complete lack of respect for our mothers, sisters and daughters. More importantly these events trouble us as citizens of a great nation traditionally known for its religious tolerance.”


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