Court acquits accused in Indian nun rape case
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Church officials are waiting to see what action state govt will take to ensure justice for the victim
Catholic nuns and others in New Delhi protest against the rape of a Catholic nun in Raipur, in this file photo. The court Jan. 5 criticized a poor police investigation that resulted in the acquittal of the accused. (ucanews.com photo)
Church officials in India are upset over the acquittal of two people accused of gang raping a Catholic nun and are awaiting a response from the Chhattisgarh state government before taking further legal action.
A fast-track court in the eastern Indian state acquitted 19-year-old Dinesh Dhurv and 25-year-old Jitendra Pathak on Jan. 5. The men were accused of raping a 48-year-old Catholic nun in a church-run health care center in the state’s capital of Raipur on June 20, 2015.
The court said investigators had failed to provide enough evidence to establish the crime. Criticizing the investigation, Judge Nidhi Sharma observed "serious negligence" by police investigating the case.
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