Thursday, October 9, 2008

More on anti-Catholic violence in India

Bhubaneswar, October 9: : The catholic nun, who was allegedly raped in Orissa's Kandhamal district, has been under "treatment" at a hospital outside Delhi and is reluctant to surface as she "does not have faith" in the police probing the case, a senior Catholic church leader claimed.

The state government as well as police remained in the dark on the whereabouts of the 29-year-old nun, who had lodged an FIR at Baliguda police station in Kandhamal on August 26.

"I do not know where the nun is. But I can say, she is not in Delhi," Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Archbishop Raphael Cheenath told PTI over phone from Delhi.

Earlier there were reports that the nun was in the national capital.

Refusing to give details of the nun's condition who had undergone "terrible experience" of her life during the Orissa 'Bandh' on August 25, two days after killing of VHP leader Laxamananda Saraswati and four others, the Archbishop said the victim was yet to recover from the trauma.

Archbishop Raphael also said he did not have any contact with the nun though he was informed that she was under treatment.

As B Radhika, an IGP rank officer returned empty handed after camping at Delhi for three days to trace the nun, the state government was meanwhile, planning to send teams to Kerala and Bangalore.

The state government's appeal to the nun to cooperate in the investigation, seemed to have little impact.

"She lacks confidence in Orissa Police as she feels it did not come to her rescue when miscreants dragged her by hair on the road," said a senior catholic church leader adding the nun may not at all respond to Orissa government's appeal.


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