18/03/2015 3:25 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Nun Rape Case Handed Over To CBI By Mamata Banerjee

A Christian woman prays as they hold a candle light vigil to condemn the gang rape of a nun at a Christian missionary school in eastern India outside the Sacred Heart cathedral in New Delhi, India, Monday, March 16, 2015. According to police a nun in her 70s was gang-raped by a group of bandits when she tried to prevent them from committing a robbery in the Convent of Jesus and Mary School in West Bengal state's Nadia district. The attack early Saturday is the latest crime to focus attention on the scourge of sexual violence in India. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

In a move towards positive direction, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday announced the handover of the Ranaghat nun gangrape case to CBI.

In the Ranaghat attack, around a dozen men roamed around the school and damaged a bust of Jesus Christ in a chapel before breaking into the nuns' quarters. Two of the attackers grabbed the septuagenarian nun who was in charge of the school's finances and demanded the keys to a cupboard, Reuters reports.

When she refused, she was raped by one man, Reuters quotes a police officer. Other nuns were threatened with similar consequences unless they handed over gold chains and cash. In total the men made off with more than 1 million rupees.

As of now, 8 people have been detained in connection with the case after police officials released CCTV footage of the perpetrators, reports ANI.

Meanwhile, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a notice to the West Bengal government, taking suo motu cognisance of the reports.

The commission has observed that the contents of the press report, if true, amount to serious violation of human rights of the victim. Accordingly, it has issued notices to the Chief Secretary and Director General of Police, West Bengal calling for reports in the matter within two weeks, reports ANI.

The incident has sparked widespread condemnation across the country, with the TMC assuring a thorough inquiry into the matter.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also asked for a report from the state government.

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