Indian nuns, congregation demand justice for sister allegedly assaulted by bishop

Indian women join a protest march in , in Jalandhar, Kerala, on September 12, 2018 to demand the immediate arrest of Roman Catholic Church Bishop, who is accused of raping a nun. (AFP / SHAMMI MEHRA)
Updated 14 September 2018
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Indian nuns, congregation demand justice for sister allegedly assaulted by bishop

  • Five priests were arrested last month in India in two different sexual assault cases
  • The Roman Catholic Church in Germany acknowledged a “depressing and shameful” legacy of sexual abuse on Wednesday

NEW DELHI: A group of Indian Catholic nuns are staging a rare street protest in the southern state of Kerala demanding justice after an alleged sexual assault of a nun by a bishop.
Police have called the bishop named in the complaint for a second round of questioning next week. The bishop has denied wrongdoing.
The case comes at a time when the Christian community, which accounts for 19 percent of the state’s population, is reeling under an erosion of trust as sexual abuse cases involving the clergy pile up.
Five priests were arrested last month in two different sexual assault cases, while last year, a Catholic priest who was trying to flee the country was arrested after a minor he is accused of having sex with gave birth.
The nun in a letter said she wanted the Vatican to intervene. She said she was forced to make matters public after several attempts to seek justice from within the church failed.
The protest, now in its sixth day in Kochi, Kerala’s financial hub, is gathering momentum as the locals, activists, writers and politicians come out in support.
A man, who is on an indefinite hunger strike, lay in front of the stage where the protesting nuns sat. A nun coordinating the protest dismissed allegations that they were trying to disgrace the church.
“Our fight is for the truth. We will not back out unless the truth is established and the nun is given justice,” she told Reuters.
The Catholic Church in Germany acknowledged a “depressing and shameful” legacy of sexual abuse on Wednesday after a leaked study said clerics had abused thousands of children over 70 years.
The leaked study was published on the day that Pope Francis, who has made several attempts to tackle a spreading sexual abuse crisis that has badly tarnished the Church’s image worldwide, summoned senior bishops from around the world to the Vatican to discuss the protection of minors.

 


Wisconsin woman taught bomb-making online for Daesh

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Wisconsin woman taught bomb-making online for Daesh

  • The woman provided her expertise on bombs and biological weapons
  • She faces a sentence of 20 years and a fine of $250,000

A Wisconsin woman used hacked Facebook accounts to provide lessons in making bombs and poison on behalf of the Daesh militant group, prosecutors said Monday.
Waheba Issa Dais, 46, of Cudahy, Wisconsin, pleaded guilty to one count of “attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham, a designated foreign terrorist organization,” the US Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of Wisconsin said in a release.
Her support in 2018 took the form of providing expert advice on the Internet on bombs and biological weapons in order to help Daesh, officials said.
“Remember Boston Marathon bombing?” prosecutors said she posted to an undercover F.B.I. agent on Facebook. “It was very easy to make. All it needs is a pressure cooker, shrapnel and explosives. Join my channel and research.”
They said she also gave instructions on how to make the poison ricin, derived from castor beans.
US Attorney Matthew Krueger said in a statement that “From her home in Cudahy, Dais promoted ISIS’s hateful, violent agenda and provided detailed instructions on how to harm innocent people.”
Dais faces a sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000, officials said, and is set to go before a judge in September for sentencing.
Her attorney, John Campion, told the New York Times that he and his client, “look forward to the September sentencing hearing where we will address the complicated history that led to her online conduct.”
Her attorney was not immediately available to Reuters early Tuesday.
In a separate case, prosecutors announced the conviction of Yosvany Padilla-Conde, a Cuban national who was residing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for attempting to provide material support to Daesh.
In a release from the US Attorney’s Office, prosecutors said Padilla-Conde made videos swearing his allegiance to the group and stated his intent to travel to the Middle East. He also faces 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Craig Powell, an attorney for Padilla-Conde, told the Times that his client was set up by an undercover F.B.I. agent who offered to help him travel to Mexico if he made an Daesh video.
Padilla-Conde’s attorney could not immediately be reached by Reuters early Tuesday. His sentencing hearing is set for August, officials said.