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jsph110
Jun 25th 2009, 01:45 PM
A catholic nun raped during anti Christian violence in Orissa state has identified one more assailant in a police lineup, but not the rapist.
"She was able to identify the one who (tried to) strangle her," said Father Madan Sualsingh who works with Archbishop Raphael Cheenath of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar. The archbishop heads the church in Orissa.
The June 23 police lineup was conducted inside Choudwar Circle Jail in Cattack, the state's ancient capital, under tight security, Church sources said.
The 28-year old nun was taken inside the prison to examine the lineup, along with Father Thomas Chellan, who was also attacked on the same day, Aug 25, 2008.
Police lined up about 80 people, mixing prisoners with eight people they arresed in the case. They wanted the nun to identify those who attacked her 10 months ago.
"The church is happy that the nun was able to identify one more culprit. That will helpe the case a lot," Father Sualsingh said. "she is also relieved that she could identify him after such a long time."
Archbishop Cheenath was not available for comment as he is abroad seeking help for his people who have endured violence, a senior priest in the archdiocese said.
"The church is hopeful of justice, but it has a long way long to go," he said, adding that government officials and local media had earlier projected the rape incidence as a 'cooked up' case and a 'Christian ploy' to tarnish the government. "Now atleast the administration admits she was indeed raped."
Montfort Brother Thomas Thannickal, who accompanied the nun and father Chellan to the lineup, said "The case is in a precarious situation", as the church does not know where it is heading. "We do not know if the prime accused has been arrested. If he was arrested and was there in the lineup, we could not identify him."

Anti-Christian violence flared up in Orrisa after a Hindu leader was killed on Aug 23, 2008, in the state's tribal dominated Kandhamal district. Hindu extremists blamed Christians for the Hindu leader's death, and orchestrated a four month campaign of violence against Christians.
The rape case was initially ignored but hit the headlines after the nun addressed a press confrence in New Dheli on Oct 24, 2008, where she said she had no faith in the Orissa police investigation. She told the reporters that the police were friendly with her attackers and tried their best to dissuade her from registering a complaint.
The church pleaded against taking the victims to courts in Kandhamal or having a police lineup there, saying the district is not yet safe for Christians to freely travel.

Frances
Jun 25th 2009, 06:29 PM
:pray: for Healing for those involved in body, mind and spirit.

tt1106
Jun 25th 2009, 06:37 PM
Praying for everybody involved, that she would find healing and peace in the midst of this ordeal and that her attackers would feel the weight of their sin and come to repentance.

L'Ange
Jun 25th 2009, 07:02 PM
Praying for complete healing for the nun, for the rapist to be caught and punished as YHWH sees fit & for him to turn to our Savior, but if not to be kept from hurting others.

Redneck Charger
Jun 26th 2009, 09:25 AM
Praying...:pray::pray::pray::pray::pray: