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Assam: tribal Christians beaten and forced to convert to Hinduism
Two men and a woman from the Rabha tribe are seriously wounded. Some 40 Hindu nationalists carried out the attack. The Global Council of Indian Christians slams the systematic attacks. Two Christian families flee for fear of violence.
Orissa government cuts death toll from anti-Christian pogrom
The authorities reject the list of dead submitted by the diocese of Bhubaneshwar. The president of the Global Council of Indian Christians says the government is reducing the number relying “false justifications” in an attempt “to cut compensation to the victims.” In Kandhamal tensions remain high as Hindu extremists try to storm a refugee camp at night.
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For Bishop Menamparampil, vandalism against Catholic cathedral in Assam has hurt and raised concerns among Christians
The cathedral is in Bongaigaon. Diocesan authorities have called for calm and organised a prayer vigil for peace and harmony. The pyx was stolen, and the tabernacle broken. For Sajan K George, the "robbery is a way to offend [Christian] religious feelings”.
Fasting and march against the “daily” persecution of Christians in Orissa
Christians and lawmakers protest in the street against inaction by the Orissa State government over last Christmas’ violence. Since the incidents took place state authorities have done nothing to apprehend the culprits or protect and compensate the victims. Protesters demand the intervention of the central government.
Andhra Pradesh: five Christians arrested on false charges, their attackers go free
The five Christians had written ‘Jesus Saves’ on a rock near a Hindu temple. For Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), the authorities’ indifference encourages Hindu extremists to attack the Christian minority. The latest is the third incident of its kind since June in Andhra Pradesh.
Orissa: 12 Tribals arrested for converting to Christianity without an official permit
They violated the Orissa Freedom of Religion Act. Police issued an arrest warrant against the Protestant clergymen who carried out the conversion. For Sajan K. George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), what happened is “scandalous and a travesty of the noble vision and ideals enshrined in Indian constitution.”
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