Jhabua nuns rape case

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The Jhabua nuns rape case is a case of rape of four nuns in the Jhabua district in Madhya Pradesh in India in 1998 by a group of 24 men.

A Jhabua court issued a warrant against Digvijay Singh then state chief minister and 14 others for alleged remarks on the 1998 Jhabua nuns rape case accusing Hindu organisations of being involved in the incident, following by a failed civil defamation suit filed by a local lawyer.[1] A Bhopal court cancelled the warrant after Digvijay appeared and furnished a surety bond for Rs. 5,000.[2][3]

At that time the incident had caused a lot of outrage with many prominent Christians and human rights activists appealing to UK for sanctions against India.[citation needed] It was a part of the recent spate of hate crimes against minorities after the Hindu fundamentalist NDA came to power, including the burning alive of Australian missionary Graham Staines and his young sons in Keonjhar, Orissa, in 1999. Bajrang Dal member Dara Singh and 12 others were convicted of Staines’s murder. The hate crimes of 1998 can be seen in parallel with the happenings in the Modi government reaffirming that the hindutva ideology's intolerance and hate against the minorities.