Bangladeshi found guilty of raping an elderly nun in West Bengal, India

KOLKATA: An Indian court yesterday found a Bangladeshi guilty of raping an elderly nun in a crime that sparked an outpouring of anger at persistent high levels of sexual assault in the country. The 71-year-old nun needed surgery after the brutal attack in 2015, when a gang of robbers broke into the convent school where she lived in the eastern state of West Bengal.

A court in the state capital Kolkata found Nazrul Islam guilty of rape and attempted murder, among other offences. “It was a shameful act,” additional judge Kumkum Singha told the packed City Sessions Court. Singha said Islam acted alone in raping the nun, adding that five others arrested for their involvement were charged with offences unrelated to the sexual assault. Islam will be sentenced today. The nun, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was attacked after the robbers ransacked the Convent of Jesus and Mary in Ranaghat and stole cash and other items.

This article was published on 07/11/2017