» 09/03/2008, 00.00
Orissa: six more churches set on fire, hundreds of homes destroyed
More and more Christian villages are being plundered and set on fire as police remains idle. Death threats are made against Christians if they practice their faith. but according to the government of Orissa the situation is “under control”.
Sangh Parivar wants to remove every Christian trace in Orissa
Christians are not allowed to pray even in government-run refugee camps. The ground on which homes and churches once stood are taken over and “cleansed” of every trace of violence. Hindus tell raped nun to marry her rapist. The hue and cry is still on for Christians.
Orissa: Hindu politician convicted for involvement in anti-Christian pogrom, released on bail
Accused in a number of murders and acts of vandalism, Manoj Pradhan is now a free man after the Orissa High Court accepted his application for bail. On 29 June, a lower court had sentenced him to seven years in prison for murder. “This decision will undermine the peace process on Kandhamal District,” says a spokesman and lawyer for the Diocese of Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar.
Orissa, tally following 3 months of violence against Christians
118 deaths have been certified, but it is feared that there have been at least 500, with many bodies being hidden or cremated. More than 54,000 have been displaced. The violence continues, although with less frequency, in part because of the impunity enjoyed by the attackers.
The Church will rise stronger from the ashes of Orissa
The president of the Indian bishops' conference tells AsiaNews about his recent visit to the zone of Bubhaneshwar, at the centre of the violence at Christmas against the local Christian community. Here the extremist fury has claimed six lives and destroyed dozens of homes and churches. Thousands of refugees are afraid to return home. "In spite of the suffering, hope shines in the eyes of Christians".
Government blocks rebuilding of church in Orissa
The church was about to be turned into a Hindu temple. The authorities have stopped construction, but they are not permitting the Catholics to rebuild the edifice, for "legal" reasons.
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