Kandhamal nun says she had no animosity with locals



Cuttack: The Catholic Church nun who was raped during the Kandhamal riots 2 years ago told the trial court here on Mnday that she had no animosity with locals as she had little contacts with them.

She also admitted that her duty as a Church worker was limited to far-off rural areas and therefore she had no acquaintances with people at K Nuagaon, where the incident reportedly took place on August 25, 2008, barely 2 days after the killing of VHP leader Swami Laxamananda Saraswati.

Facing cross examination by defense counsels, the nun maintained that she was wearing a saree and escaped the closed compound of the Church having six feet high boundary wall after she was allegedly assaulted and raped under a staircase of Baliguda-based Jana Vikash Kendra during the communal riots.

The cross-examination of the victim by the defense counsel remained inconclusive and it is likely to continue again tomorrow, sources said.

The nun also revealed that she left K Nuagaon and went to Bhubaneswar immediately after the incident. From Bhubaneswar, the nun travelled to Visakhapatnam, Kerala, and Chennai by train from where she went to New Delhi by air and addressed a press conference to highlight her agony.

She also told the court that she was getting a monthly remuneration of Rs 150 from the Church and had no other sources of income.

During the cross examination, the nun also disclosed that one of her younger sisters in the meantime has been given appointment by the Missionary Hospital in Sambalpur where she had joined in mid-2009.

PTI