India has banned the explosive India’s Daughter by documentarian Leslee Udwin, which tells the heart-wrenching story of a 2012 rape of a 23-year-old student that triggered worldwide outrage. Authorities in India banned the film over fears that it would cause a breakdown of law and order, but now the brutal rape of a 71-year old nun over the weekend has thrust the nation back into the spotlight again.
Officials say the nun is recovering in the hospital after being brutally gang-raped by a group of six men in West Bengal over the weekend. The perpetrators allegedly ransacked the convent school, vandalized the chapel and stole money before entering the convent. Police have detained five men for questioning, but have not yet made any arrests. While the circumstances of the attack are not entirely clear, it comes at a time when Christian groups across India have expressed concern that they are being targeted and the government is failing to protect them.
It is the latest in a series of high-profile sex assaults that have put a spotlight on the high rates of violence against women in the country. Thousands are expected to join a rally on Monday led by priests in India’s Kolkata in support of the victim and against the rise of sexual violence.
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