Nun gangrape: NHRC issues notice to West Bengal govt, seeks report

Kolkata, PTI | Updated : 18 March 2015, 01:05 PM

National Human Rights Commission today issued a notice to Haryana government asking them to send a report on desecration of an under-construction church in Hisar and the steps being taken to protest the religious places of minorities in the state.

According to an official statement released today, the commission has issued notices to the Chief Secretary and Director General of Police, Haryana calling for reports within two weeks.

They have also been directed to report what steps were being taken for the protection of religious places of minorities in the State, it said.

The notices were served after the commission took suo motu cognizance of a media report that an under construction Church in Hisar district of Haryana was attacked on March 15.

Police had registered a case against 14 people in this connection and the main accused Anil Godara was arrested yesterday from Hisar and taken on remand.

An under-construction church in Kaimri village near Hisar was vandalised by a group and the cross replaced with an idol of Hanuman on Sunday, triggering tension in the area.

The complainant, Father Subhash Chand of Williwarsh church, stated that the group fragmented the cross and installed the statue of Hanuman and a flag depicting Lord Ram and threatened to kill him.

Top Catholic functionary expresses solidarity 

A top Catholic functionary today arrived here to express solidarity with the Sister Superior of a convent school, who was allegedly gangraped on Saturday.

Soon after his arrival here, President of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) Baselios Cardinal Cleemis went to the convent to meet the other nuns to give them moral support.

He will then proceed to Ranghat sub-divisional hospital to meet the septuagenarian nun.

The CBCI president was likely to meet Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata today.

Meanwhile, no arrests have been made in connection with the incident.

Fifteen persons have so far been detained, Nadia district superintendent of police Arnab Ghosh said.

A police team has been sent outside the state in connection with the investigation.

The CCTV footage at the convent had shown four persons who were allegedly involved in the crime. The SP had announced a reward of Rs one lakh to any individual providing information leading to the arrest of the accused.

Hospital superintendent A K Mondol had said yesterday that a medical board has been formed for her treatment and she is being given counselling.

Her spiritual counselling by a Christian missionary from Rome is also on, he said.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visited the nun on Monday.

The 71-year-old nun was allegedly gangraped by dacoits

at Gangnapur in the early hours on Saturday after which a CID probe was ordered into the incident.

First Published: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 12:01 PM
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