Ranaghat Nun Rape Case: Kolkata Court Pronounces Main Accused Guilty Of Rape

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Nadia: The city sessions court found the main accused guilty of raping the 72-year-old nun at the Convent of Jesus and Mary in Ranaghat, about a 100 km from Kolkata. The remaining five accused have been found guilty of robbery.

The senior nun at the convent was sexually assaulted on March 14, 2015, by a group of anti-socials, including four Bangladeshi nationals who had broken into the school compound in an attempted case of robbery. All six accused have been arrested by the West Bengal CID.

The main accused, 28-year-old Bangladeshi national Nazrul Islam alias Nazu was arrested from the Sealdah station in 2015. The accused had been charged with gangrape, dacoity, attempt to murder and criminal conspiracy. The quantum of sentence for all the convicts will be announced by the court on Wednesday.

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The case had caused massive outrage across the country with the opposition accusing Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of failing to provide security to women in Bengal. Banerjee, even faced angry protests when she visited the convent soon after the incident. The septuagenarian nun, who had to be admitted in hospital for treatment was flown out of Kolkata after being discharged following the assault.

Even though the chargesheet had mentioned gangrape, the judge concluded that was a case of rape as the crime was perpetrated by the main accused only.

“We have sought the maximum punishment for the accused. The main accused has been found guilty under IPC section 376. Court will pronounce its sentence tomorrow,” said Government counsel Anindya Raut.