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'A Hindu man saved me from being gangraped'

By Staff

Bhubaneswar, Nov 19: The nun who was allegedly raped during communal violence in Kandhamal has told the Crime Branch of Orissa police that after the sexual assault, she was saved by a local Hindu man from being gangraped, police said on Wednesday, Nov 19.

During her examination by the Crime Branch team in New Delhi, the 29-year-old nun said that she was raped at K Nuagaon in Baliguda during Orissa bandh on August 25, the sources said. Though two others also molested and attempted to rape her immediately after the incident, a local Hindu man came to her rescue and saved her from being gangraped, the nun was quoted to have said in her statement before the Crime Branch team.

Inspector General of Police (Crime Branch) Arun Ray confirmed that both the nun and Father Thomas Chelan, only witness to the incident, were examined between 5 pm. and 7:30 pm. According to sources, the nun was confident that she would be able to identify the accused, with whom she had a scuffle.

However, the alleged victim was worried that she might not be able to identify the two others who had also attempted to rape her as she was in a semi-conscious state after being raped, they said.

Expressing her unwillingness to go to Kandhamal again, she urged the Crime Branch team to organise the Test Identification Parade (TIP) of accused persons anywhere in Orissa except Kandhamal, sources said.

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