Bangladeshi man convicted of raping 71-year-old nun

The city sessions court on Nov 7 held Nazrul Islam, alias Noju, guilty of rape.


A Kolkata court Nov. 7 held Nazrul Islam, a Bangladeshi national, guilty of raping a 71-year-old Catholic in Nadia district two years ago, an incident which triggered national uproar.

The sessions court held also held six others, including Islam alias Noju, guilty of committing dacoity at the Convent of Jesus and Mary in Ranaghat on March 14, 2015.

Gopal Sarkar, a resident of North 24 Parganas district, was found guilty of criminal conspiracy and sheltering the gang from Bangladesh, Hindustan Times reported.

Judge Kumkum Singha said it was was not a case of gang rape. The quantum of punishment will be announced on Wednesday.

Singha said the “incident is particularly shameful for the people of West Bengal, a state where persons such as Sister Nivedita and Mother Teresa have worked.

He also noted that the victim, a missionary nun, was an aged woman who was working for the welfare of the people.

Nuns of from the victim’s congregation were also present in the when the verdict was pronounced.

According to the complaint lodged by the church authorities, a gang of seven to eight men ransacked the church between 2 to 5am on March 14, 2015 and took away cash, camera, computers.

The men were caught on closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras on the campus of the Convent of Jesus and Mary High School.

Prime accused Noju was picked up by the police from Sealdah railway station in Kolkata on June 17, 2015. The victim identified Noju from a gathering of 10 persons.

Ranaghat is about 78 km from Kolkata and just 20-30 km from the India-Bangladesh border.

Source: Hindustan times

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