Cardinal Gracias condemns nun’s rape as a national shame;

 

The cardinal said that the trivialization and objectification of women is a growing social evil in India.

Mumbai:Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai has condemned the rape and violence on an Indian Catholic nun on June 20 in Raipur, Chhattisgarh state, calling it a national shame.

“It is a national shame and a disgrace that our women are abused and raped,” the Cardinal who is the president of India’s Latin rite bishops’ conference said.

The 47-year old Salesian Missionary of Mary Immaculate, covering her face, spoke at a press conference on Thursday, narrating the sexual assault on her by two unidentified people inside her bed room.

“This happened to a consecrated woman religious, who has dedicated her life to God.” “Our religious nun,” Cardinal Gracias said. She “was violated in a medical dispensary, the very place, where she selflessly served to heal the wounds of people.”

The prelate noted that for decades the Catholic Church in India has been tirelessly working for the uplift of the girl child and for the dignity of women through its educational, health and social apostolates.

“It is agonizing,” he said, “that various social forces breed misogyny and shape ideas about male dominance and the devaluation of women, which can normalize abusive behavior.”

The cardinal said that the trivialization and objectification of women is a growing social evil in India.

He called on all in society need to engage and collaborate in ending “this discrimination and devaluation of girls and women, and usher in a enlightened era, where women can claim their rightful dignity”.

Source: Vatican Radio

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