New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission has issued a notice to West Bengal government, taking suo motu cognisance of reports that a 71-year-old nun was gang raped by inside a convent in the state’s Nadia district.
The commission has observed that the contents of the press report, if true, amount to serious violation of human rights of the victim. Accordingly, it has issued notices to the chief secretary and director general of police, West Bengal, calling for reports in the matter within two weeks.
The state police are yet to make any arrests in the case. Several people have been detained for interrogation.
The nun was gang-raped in Ranaghat town, some 80km from Kolkata, early on Saturday. She was injured so badly that she had to undergo a surgery.
Meanwhile, Cardinal Baselios Cleemis, president of Catholic Bishop’s Conference, who visited Ranaghat to meet the victim, urged chief minister Mamata Banerjee to book the culprits soon.
“I, being the President of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of India, would like to assure our reverend sisters here that the whole church in India, the whole community is with them and also we would like to ensure that justice is done and justice brought to the people who are affected,” said Cardinal Baselios Cleemis.
Cardinal Cleemis said he would like to thank the public of the country who showed their sympathy and their sentiments of togetherness at this point of time.
“The Catholic Church’s commitment will continue with more fervour and commitment and we are not stopped by such events and such violations. We would also like to thank the public of this place and the public of the entire country who are showing their sympathy and their sentiments of togetherness at this point of time,” he added.
The issue was also raised in Parliament on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on Tuesday expressed deep concern over the gang rape of the elderly nun and had sought immediate report on the incident.
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