CUTTACK – A nun who was raped during the anti-Christian violence

in Orissa in 2008 identified her attackers in court on Nov 3.

She was deposed before the District and Sessions judge in Cuttack, Orissa state’s legal capital, for more than 90 minutes, reported the Asian Church news agency UCA News.

When the court asked her whether she could identify her offenders, she pointed to Santosh Patnaik as her rapist. She also identified five people, including the one who stood on her hand as the crime was being committed.

Orissa police had arrested 19 people for allegedly attacking the nun on Aug 25, 2008, as well as raping and parading her half-naked through the streets.

Fighting back tears, the nun narrated how her attackers pulled her from her hiding place, dragged her by her hair and fondled her before raping her.

The Orissa violence started after the murder of Hindu leader Swami Lakshmanananda Saraswati, the leader of Hindu nationalist groups in Orissa. Police blamed Maoists for the killing, but Hindu extremists blamed Christians for the murder and started a wave of violence.

In addition to the 90 people killed, the rioting displaced 50,000, mostly Christians. The mobs also destroyed churches and convents and burned Christian homes.

- CNS

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