Officials embarrassed after novice rape hoax

Archbishop Moras

Church officials in India have expressed embarrassment that a nationally publicised gang rape of a novice affiliate in southern Bangalore turned out to be hoax, reports the Catholic News Service/Ucanews.

Police have detained the girl and sent her to juvenile custody. 'We are embarrassed. I have no comments on this,' Archbishop Bernard Moras of Bangalore told Catholic News Service on August 6 after news spread in the media that the 16-year-old had not been raped at all.

The girl, who joined the 'come and see' program of Holy Nativity Convent in a suburb of Bangalore in June, claimed that two strangers who pressed the convent's bell had drugged and raped her when she opened the door July 15.

Archbishop Moras had issued a press statement condemning the alleged rape. Holy Spirit Sister Mary Margaret, Secretary of the Bangalore unit of the Conference of Religious India, told CNS that following persistent questioning by Church counselors and police at the hospital where she was admitted, the girl confessed to making up the story.

FULL STORY Indian novice affiliate jailed for gang rape hoax (CNS/Ucanews)

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