Elderly nun gang-raped in Bengal after trying to stop robbing

KolKata: A nun in her 70s was gang-raped by a group of bandits Saturday when she tried to prevent them from robbing a Christian missionary school in West Bengal, police said.

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The nun was hospitalized in serious condition after the attack, which was committed by seven or eight men at the Convent of Jesus and Mary School at Ranaghat in Nadia district.

The men escaped and police are searching for them, said the officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to reporters.

The robbers tied the school’s security guards with ropes early Saturday and entered the nuns’ room, where the women were sleeping. They took one of the nuns to another room when she tried to block their way and then raped her, the officer said.

The woman who was attacked is either 71 or 72 and is the oldest nun at the school, he said.

The men escaped with some cash, a mobile phone, a laptop computer and a camera, all belonging to the school, the officer said.

They also ransacked the school’s chapel and holy items, the Press Trust of India news agency cited the archbishop of Kolkata, Thomas D’Souza, as saying.

Scores of angry students, their parents and teachers blocked a nearby highway and railroad tracks for several hours demanding swift police action leading to the arrest of the culprits.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee , strongly condemned the attack and ordered a high-level police investigation.

D’Souza appealed to people to maintain peace and harmony in the area.

The death of a student after a brutal rape in New Delhi in 2012 caused national outrage and raised public pressure for faster justice in a country where crime against women is rampant but court cases can drag on for years.

Days ago a mob of several thousand people broke into a high-security prison at Dimapur, Nagaland dragged out a rape suspect and killed him in full public view, but the Nagaland government report, after the death of rape suspect reveals that that it was not rape but consensual sex.

Inputs with AP