Indian Nun Sexually Assaulted

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A 47-year-old nun working as a nurse at a medical center run by Christian missionaries in the central Indian city of Raipur was sexually assaulted by unidentified men Saturday.

After a medical investigation, police in Raipur’s Chhattisgarh state said the nun from Kerala had not actually been raped, with police calling it a case of “attempt to rape.” Police say some suspects have been detained for questioning.

Christian community leaders said circumstantial evidence suggests the nun had been raped or gang-raped in her convent room. “We are 100 percent sure that the nun was raped yesterday. There cannot be any dispute over this fact. And it appears to be part of the ongoing anti-Christian hate campaign across the state,” Arun Pannalal, president of Chhattisgarh Christian Forum told VOA.

The Catholic Bishop’s Conference of India said the attack, following others targeting religious minorities in India, pose serious questions about their safety in India.

The alleged attack came three months after the rape of a 71-year-old nun at a missionary convent in West Bengal.