Sunday, March 15, 2015
The latest victim in India's epidemic of gang rape is a 71-year-old nun who was trying to thwart a group of men from robbing the missionary school where she worked
Six men stormed the Convent of Jesus and Mary school in West Bengal state and after overcoming guards there, raped the nun when she tried to stop them. The woman required surgery. "Christians in Bengal are deeply anguished by the shameful act of violence on an elderly and ailing religious sister," said the local archbishop in a statement. "We would like to register our horror and shock at this barbaric act which has occurred in our tolerant and inclusive state of West Bengal." The faces of four of the six attackers were captured on surveillance video and five people are reported to be in custody. "At least two of them were armed and the rest were carrying burglary tools," says a police official. "In the chapel, a holy scripture was found torn and... a bust of Jesus was broken." They made off with money, a cell phone, and a laptop.