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Nun rape case accused acquitted in Chhattisgarh 

Raipur: A fast track court in Chhattisgarh has acquitted two youth accused of raping 48-year-old nun at a Medicare centre in Raipur in August 2015-an incident that had sparked protests in the state capital.

Both the accused 19-year old Dinesh Dhurv and 25-year-old Jitendra Pathak were acquitted by the fast court judge Nidhi Sharma, due to ” lack of evidence”.

As incident came to light in August 2015, police and the administration initially sought to downplay without mentioning the rape survivor as a ‘Nun” and maintained that a “sister” had lodged a complaint that two people forced their entry into the Medicare centre and molested her.

Subsequently, amid mounting protests from opposition parties as well as all minority organisations, including various Christian bodies, police interrogated more than 200 people and narrowed down on these accused. Later, the police filed charge-sheet against them, The Times of India reported.

In her complaint to the police, the rape survivor said that she was sleeping at the nursing centre run by missionaries in Raipur when two masked men barged at around 1.30 am and tied her hands and feet before gang raping her.

When the nun failed to report for the duty next morning, her colleagues reached her room and found her gagged and tied to the bed. They called the police and she was taken to a hospital and her statement was recorded. The victim, a resident of Kerala, belongs to Salesian Missionaries of Mary Immaculate.

While state Congress and Chhattisgarh Christian Forum had termed the incident as a “systematic attack on minorities in the state”, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) had also reacted that such incidents posed serious questions on the safety and security of the minorities in India.

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5 Responses to Nun rape case accused acquitted in Chhattisgarh

  1. Vincent Bagul

    The courts of law pronounce the judgment based on the documentary and other evidence placed before them. We cannot blame the courts, if we have no evidence.

  2. princy

    whenever some issue happened convicts are escaped. no strong action from the court.
    if punishments are given no such things will repeat.when will get the justice

  3. joseph

    As far as India is ruled by the RSS goons and their prime target is Christian missionaries, we cannot expect any better and impartial deal.

  4. Fr.Joseph Anithottam

    The biased judgement is only encouraging such criminals in acts of such crimes. This and many other cases of violence against women are taken lightly and many judgement acquits the criminals for lack of evidence. Even the circumstantial evidence considered in legal matters is not taken for granted by the so called judges when it comes to crimes of violence against women. I wish to mention two things: 1. The judges can ask the Government to provide cctv cameras before and behind every women of India to get the evidence in the event of a rape or violence against women. 2. If the victim was the daughter or the sister of the judge would the judgement remain the same and the accused will be acquitted or punished?

  5. chhotebhai

    Sad and unfortunate, but without maintainable evidence it is difficult to obtain a conviction.