|EFI Condemns the Rape of a Nun in Raipur, Chhattisgarh|
The Evangelical Fellowship of India expresses its shock and concern over the attack and sexual assault on a nun in a hospital in Raipur. The 47-year-old nun belongs to the Salesian Missionaries of Mary Immaculate.
According to media reports the 45-year-old nun was found semi-clad, unconscious and with her hands tied inside Krist Sahaya Kendra, a medical centre run by the nuns near the Pandri area of Raipur on June 20, 2015. The centre has 4 nuns in residence including the victim.
Local sources from Raipur have informed EFI that even though the matter was reported early in the morning on June 20, no medical examination of the victim was carried out till around 12 pm. No arrests have taken place till now.
The recent attacks on Christians across India and the nature of this violence have given rise to much anguish among the Christian community. Nuns live their lives in worship to God and render unconditional service to towards fellow human beings and their targeting in this manner is deplorable. This is the second major case of sexual assault on a nun since March this year. Earlier a 70-year-old Nun was raped at Ranaghat, West Bengal.
The Evangelical Fellowship of India urges the state and central government to intervene in the matter and to arrest the culprits involved. We also demand that the state government of Chhattisgarh and the central government take measures to provide adequate security to Christian missionaries and clergy. Freedom of faith and the security of minorities is a sacred responsibility of the government and one which is being closely watched by the international community, given the violence and hatred unleashed upon minorities by communal groups in recent times.
Rev. Dr. Richard Howell,
Evangelical Fellowship of India,
New Delhi, India