» 09/27/2012, 00.00
Bangalore lepers evicted and "betrayed" by the government
Karnataka has decided not to renew the lease of the Sumanahalli Society, depriving it of 45 acres. Operating in Bangalore since 1977, the centre is now left with five acres for more than 400 residents. The facility includes 50 building for lepers, HIV patients, disabled, orphans, street kids and young offenders. For the archbishop of Bangalore, this is a "betrayal of the [Christian] community by the government."
"Mother Teresa" of Bangalore, a new battle for her lepers
Since 2007, the rehabilitation center has had to sacrifice the dormitory for poor and homeless, because the government did not renew the lease on all terrains. At the end of July, the nun was in danger of having to leave India, where she worked for 29 years.
Muslim women can move forwards wearing the veil
A few days ago, Muslims in Karnataka took to the streets to protest the publication of an article against the Islamic veil by the ‘Kannada Prabha’ newspaper, ostensibly by well know writer Taslima Nasreen. Because of her liberal views on Islam, she has been living in exile for the past 16 years. The unrest left two people dead, and 50 injured; it also caused anger and fear among the State’s Hindu population. Asghar Ali Engineer, a Muslim and head of the Centre for Study of Society and Secularism, tells Indians about the struggle Muslim women are engaged in for their rights. He accuses Indian newspapers of distorting reality, something that is preventing a real reform of Islam.
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In India Church fights leprosy and prejudices
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Government u-turn: Bangalore "Mother Teresa" can stay in India
Sister Jean: "Crazy with joy." A "mistake" committed by the immigration office, and the Interior Minister P. Chidambaran has renewed her visa as "indefinitely". Thanks to the Global Council of Indian Christians and the lepers of the centre where the English missionary works.
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Fr. Carlo Torriani: 40 years of hope among lepers of Mumbai
India has 70% of all leprosy cases worldwide. The story of a missionary of the PIME who since the 1970's has built hundreds of clinics in the slums of Mumbai, and has founded an association to prevent, diagnose, and treat the disease. Today he lives in a small community of 40 people, some of them terminally ill and others healed. A testimony on the occasion of the 56th world day for those sick with leprosy.
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