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Christian community in Darjeeling holds rally in solidarity with Ranaghat assault victim

Christian community in Darjeeling holds rally in solidarity with Ranaghat assault victim
Disturbed by the March 13 sexual assault on an elderly nun of the Convent of Jesus and Mary in Ranaghat, the Christian community in Darjeeling on Sunday organized a silent rally in solidarity in the town.
Although, the Hills has not witnessed communal violence or discrimination against the various residing minority community, but the assault of the nun in Nadia has shaken the Christians society
in the hill town. On March 17, the community under the banner of Darjeeling United Christian Minority Society (DUCMS) had submitted a memorandum to the district administration and the police department fearing insecurity of such an incident taking place in the Hills. The representation was made by Bishop Stephen Lepcha who is also the president of the society, a joint forum of various Christian denominations.
On Sunday, the Darjeeling Diocese Catholic Association (DDCA) organized a silent rally attended by various schools and colleges, social organizations and the women wing of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) party.
Alex Gurung, one of the members of the society and the association said, “It is good to see members from other communities also participating in the rally to show their solidarity with the assaulted
elderly nun of Ranaghat. This reflects the compactness of our society in the Hills and we thank them for their participation today”.
Students, elderly citizens and association members rallied from the St. Roberts School through the town area with placards condemning the assault on the nun and gathered at Chowrastha. The rally was silent but the message was clear that such incident did not have any place in the Hills. “Such a heinous crime cannot even be thought of in the Darjeeling Hills. However, our society must be vigilant and must come out in front to stop such activity here if ever the need arises. Having said that we feel safer here compared to other places,” said Prerna Singh, a participant in the rally.
The GJM too has condemned the incident and has welcomed chief minister Mamata Banerjee consenting to hand over investigation to the CBI saying the perpetrators of such a shocking crime must be brought to book immediately.(EOIC)

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