Muslim immigrant broke into church and raped 72-year-old nun before tearing Bibles and breaking statuesBy Tanya Clark 1:09 PM November 12, 2017
An immigrant from Bangladesh broke into a church in India, where he raped an elderly nun, according to police in India.
Ranaghat police said that they have arrested 28-year-old Nazrul Islam after being accused of ransacking the church and raping the 72-year-old nun who was not identified.
Islam was convicted of rape and attempted murder as well as robbery and disrespecting religion.
Judge Kumkum Singha sentenced Islam to life in prison.
5 others were also arrested and charged in this case.
Salim Sheikh, Gopal Sarkar, Khaleda Rahaman Mintoo, Milan Sarkar, and Ohidul Seikh, were all sentenced to up to 10 years in prison for robbery, conspiracy, and harboring a fugitive.
The five others are all about 30 years old.
According to the police investigation, Islam is a practicing Muslim who was born in Bangladesh.
Several years ago, Islam illegally entered India.
Islam conspired with the five other defendants to break into the Congregation of the Religious of Jesus and Mary in order to steal cash and valuables.
After breaking into the church, Islam ransacked the place, breaking statues and Bibles.
He then attacked the 72-year-old nun and raped her.
The nun was rushed to the hospital, where she was treated for serious injuries.
The nun was forced to move away from her hometown after receiving death threats.
She moved to Kolkata, where the trial was held.