» 08/06/2010, 00.00
August 10: day of mourning against discrimination of Christians and Muslim Dalits
On August 10, 1950 laws were approved that discriminate against Christians and Muslims Dalits. Archbishop Joji, himself a Dalit Bishop, explains the strong social desire to eliminate discrimination and remembers the example of Mother Teresa.
Karnataka, 4 Christians arrested over "door to door" forced conversions
According to the police they were proselytizing among the Dalits and poor Hindus. Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians: "The situation is alarming. The Dalits are empowered by Christian prayer and Hindus are afraid of this. "
Indian bishops, on hunger strike for the rights of Christian and Muslim Dalits
Together with other organizations for the rights of Dalits they hope to convince the government to abolish the law that discriminates on the basis of caste and religion. The strike, scheduled July 25 to 27, 28, will culminate with a march to Parliament. Vincent Manoharan, Dalit rights activist, warns: "The government is like the BJP, nothing will change."
Christian and Muslim Dalits observe Black Day against discrimination
Thousands take part in events across the country. On 10 August 1950, India adopted a law that discriminates against non-Hindu and non-Buddhist Dalits. In 62 years, nothing has changed. An appeal is made to India's new President Mukherjee and Sonia Gandhi for a quick change to the law.
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.
Five thousand Dalit Christians and Muslims against discrimination
Led by bishops and religious leaders the Dalit Christians and Muslims are asking the government to cancel the law that since 1950 recognizes and guarantees rights only to Dalit Hindus and Buddhists. Bishop Neethinathan, of Chingleput (Tamil Nadu): "It 's very painful to see our Dalit people suffer double discrimination in terms of society and religion."
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