India: EFI Condemns the Rape of a Nun in West Bengal

The Evangelical Fellowship of India expresses the disgust, anguish and anger of the citizens of India, and in particular of the Christian community, at the gang rape of a 71 year old Catholic Nun on March 14th, 2015, and the desecration of the chapel in a convent in Ranaghat in Nadia District of West Bengal. Several other nuns were injured in the attack reportedly by a group of 12 armed men.

The Evangelical Fellowship of India expresses the disgust, anguish and anger of the citizens of India, and in particular of the Christian community, at the gang rape of a 71 year old Catholic Nun on March 14th, 2015, and the desecration of the chapel in a convent in Ranaghat in Nadia District of West Bengal. Several other nuns were injured in the attack reportedly by a group of 12 armed men. 

This outrage comes in the wake of a series of acts of violence and targeted political action in several other states of the country, and while the national focus is on gender crimes. EFI had in its report on anti Christian violence in India in 2014 listed documented crimes, including two murders, traced to elements connected with communal elements. 

The chief minister, Ms. Mamata Bannerjee, who has ordered a probe by the Criminal Investigation Department, has herself spoken of the communal polarization sought to be created in the state where by fundamentalist groups, senior police officers have been quoted in the media saying "religious considerations" for the violence are not ruled out. 

The EFI points out that the Convent had repeatedly told the police and civil authorities to ensure its security because it had received threats in the past. This security was not provided.