» 11/04/2008, 00.00
At least 500 Christians killed in Orissa, government sources say
The official death toll stands at 31 but a fact-finding mission by a Communist Party of India-Marxist Leninist team in the affected area sheds new light on the scale of the attacks and on the present conditions of the refugees. It calls for the banning of radical Hindu groups.
Orissa: More Christian homes set on fire, three bodies fished out of river
Bodies belong to a group that visited a village to immunise residents. Plan to make the state Christian-free entails different stages. International disinformation campaign is underway.
Young Christian convert thrown off a train dies
For police it is a case of suicide but for others it is a another example of religious persecution. The 18-year-old succumbs to his injuries after three days of intense pain. Bajrang Dal extremists are suspected.
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.
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.
Widow of murdered missionary receives award
Hindu fundamentalist groups protest the award given to Gladys Staines.
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