The district and session judge at Cuttack, about 26 km from state capital Bhubaneswar, held Mitu Patnaik, Gajendra Digal and Saroj Badhai guilty of the crime. The court would pronounce the quantum of sentence later in the day.

The Catholic nun (29) was attacked by a mob and raped at Nuagaon village in Kandhamal district on August 24, 2008, when communal violence in the region was at its peak.

The district, about 200 km from here, witnessed widespread violence after the murder of Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati and four of his aides at his ashram.

Police initially blamed Maoists for the killings. At least 38 people were killed in the state and thousands of Christians were forced to flee their homes.

The nun's gang rape sparked an international outcry and drew strong condemnation. The court, however, acquitted six others for lack of evidence.


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