Ranaghat nun rape case: One person held guilty
Kolkata: The police in West Bengal suffered a setback on Tuesday when they failed to establish charges of gang rape against miscreants from Bangladesh, who were accused of sexually assaulting a 72-year-old nun in Ranaghat in Nadia district two years ago.
In what appeared to be a hate crime, charges of sexual assault were brought against six persons arrested from across the border by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the West Bengal police.
A trial court passed its verdict on Tuesday and held only one of the six people as guilty of rape. The charge of rape didn’t hold up against the other five. They were held guilty of robbery and criminal conspiracy, said Fazle Ahmed Khan, the lawyer for the accused.
The CID had brought charges of gang rape against the accused relying on forensic evidence, but judicial magistrate Kumkum Singha said witness accounts and the victim’s own statement led her to conclude that only one person was responsible for the sexual assault.
One of the six accused was also found guilty of harbouring miscreants because the robbery was proven to have been planned in his house.