» 03/10/2008, 00.00
Upper caste and Dalit Catholics clash, police shoot and kill
In Tamil Nadu upper caste Catholics attack Dalits, destroying dozens of their homes. They are “guilty” of demanding a separate parish. Police move in and fire at attackers.
Among Dalits, women are the most humiliated, laments the Indian Church
In welcoming a resolution before the US Congress on India’s caste system, the Bishops’ Conference of India insists on the role education for women can play in Dalit emancipation.
Upper castes behind anti-Christian violence in Orissa
The executive secretary of the Church’s Commission on Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes argues that the upper castes are using a religious pretext to advance their political goals, namely keeping the marginalised in ignorance and poverty so as to continue to exploit them.
Hopes for the rights of Dalit Christians
Supreme Court will consider the constitutional status of Dalit converts to Christianity hitherto marginalised and rejected by Indian society.
Tamil Nadu: Quotas for Christian and Muslim Dalits
Chief Minister announces plans to reserve quotas for Dalits in schools and public service. No details are yet forthcoming but everyone is waiting for a Supreme Court decision on the matter.
Christian journalist appointed to lower castes and minority programme monitoring body
A.J. Philip joins the Assessment and Monitoring Authority, which looks at government programmes for backward classes and minorities. Through him, the needs of the poor will be heard, priest says.
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