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Trial in nun rape case proceeds after halt

ICC Note

The nun was raped by Hindu radicals in Orissa, India. Hindu radicals killed more than 100 Christians during the violence in Orissa in 2008. Many of the perpetrators of the attacks still remain at large.

By John Malhotra
12/15/2010 India (Christian Today)-The prosecution in the case of a nun allegedly raped during the Kandhamal violence in Orissa is back on track.

Lawyers working on the case last week went on a strike accusing the government of not paying their fees.

However, after the Orissa govt. resolved the issue, the lawyers decided to continue with the proceedings.

After the lawyers – Laxmidhar Mishra, Sangam Sahu and Akhaya Naik – decided to continue the trial, the court completed examination of prosecution witness KL Rao, who was holding the post of Inspector-in-charge of Baliguda police station during the August 2008 communal riots.

Rao was suspended with immediate effect for not acting promptly on the complaint, as the medical report stated possibility of rape. The cross-examination of Rao by defense counsels is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, sources informed.

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