Catholic nun harassed on bus in northeast India (Crux)

By Nirmala Carvalho

MUMBAI, India – A religious sister in Assam, India, has been allegedly harassed by a bus driver and several passengers who insulted her religious habit and Christian faith.

The Meghalaya State Commission for Women (MSCW) has written to its Assam counterpart urging it to take action into the alleged harassment of the Christian nun from Garo Hills in Assam. The issue was in the Meghalaya Assembly.

According to sources, the MSCW urged the Assam State Commission for Women (ASCW) to identify those involved and to take action against them. The commission also appealed to the government of Assam to look into the matter.

Assam is a state in northeastern India, south of the eastern Himalayas. According to the 2011 census, 61.47 percent of the population were Hindus, 34.22 percent were Muslims and 3.7 percent were Christians. It is run by the Himanta Biswa Sarma party (BJP), a Hindu-nationalist organization.

Meghalaya is the state directly to the south of Assam, and is run by the National Peoples Party. Nearly 75 percent of its population is Christian, with 11.5 percent Hindu and 4.4 percent Muslim. The area was part of Assam state until 1972.

On Feb. 23, the MSCW strongly condemning the incident on the bus, and said such incidents can cause serious problems to the victim both as a woman and as a religious person.

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