By Theodore Shoebat
60 Muslims in Bangladesh broke into a convent and sexually assaulted a number of nuns. From one report we read:
the nuns were beaten and molested. The violence only ended when police arrived.
The same report continues on to say:
Asianews reported that during the assault, three PIME nuns suffered attempted rape and they were sent to their provincial house in Dhaka, the national capital where they are trying to overcome the shock and mental suffering.
“It’s very sad that the sisters cannot continue to work for the people, but our sisters are no longer safe,” lamented Rosaline Costa, a Catholic human rights activist.
“I have lodged strong complaints over the attack on these religious sisters,” she told Asianews. “If the Church is not safe nobody will go to the seminary or formation house to become priest or nun. It is a challenge for Church,” she added and called for stringent punishment to the attackers.
Local Christians live in fear since the attack. The attackers, all Muslims, were looking for land deeds and valuables. It is not the first time they have tried to steal them the land documents, local people said.
The attack began at 2 am on July 6. The attackers first tied the hands and legs of the mission’s two night watchmen and gagged them. They then broke down the door of the room where the assistant pastor Father Anselmo Marandy was sleeping. They raided the convent located in the mission campus.
The PIME nuns manage a primary school in Boldipukur. The attackers wanted to know where the land documents deeds were and even beat up the nuns.
The parishioners are mostly poor and illiterate tribal people and often Muslims try to take over their land. The Diocesan Commission for Justice and Peace is working on this problem, but with poor results.
They may also have been looking for land-ownership deeds, which were believed to be left by poor and illiterate members of the community for safekeeping at the mission.