Blind students among thousands protesting rape of elderly nun in India

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March 17, 2015

Student protests rape of nun in India

A student tapes her mouth shut during a March 16 candlelight vigil for an elderly nun who was raped in Ranaghat, India. (CNS photo/Piyal Adhikary, EPA)

BHUBANESWAR, India (CNS) — Students at a Hindu-run school for the blind joined a nationwide outcry over the gang rape of a 74-year-old Catholic nun.

The 50 students at the Helen Keller School near the convent where the nun lived chanted “Mother we cannot see, but we can feel your pain,” March 17, after news of the incident three days earlier reached them, Bishop Joseph Gomes of Krishnagar, India, told Catholic News Service.

The show of solidarity by the students was part of a series of demonstrations throughout India calling on authorities to hasten their investigation and charge the 10 suspects being detained in connection with incident.

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