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For Christian leader, victims in Orissa and Gujarat should be treated the same way
The president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) calls on the central government to give the children of victims of anti-Christian pogroms in Kandhamal (2008) the same privileges in government hiring as it does for the children of Hindu-Muslim riots (2002).
(AsiaNews) - The Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) wants the
government to treat the victims of anti-Christian
pogroms in Orissa the same way as it has treated survivors of the riots
between Hindus and Muslims in Gujarat.
The GCIC made
its views public after India's Ministry of Home Affairs relaxed age
requirements (by five years) for the children of the victims of the 2002 massacres
when they apply for jobs at the Intelligence
Bureau (IE) and the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).
In two separate press
releases last Saturday, India's Ministry of Home Affairs announced that it is
applying new age limits for 532 openings in the IB and 123 in the CISF.
Sajan George welcomed the government's decision. However, he wants the
government to go further and give "the same concessions to those who suffered
from [anti-Christian] pogroms." In
particular, he points to "the children and dependents of victims of
anti-Christian violence that occurred in the district of Kandhamal (Orissa) in
suffering persecution on religious grounds, these people belong to the most
marginalised groups in society since most of them are Dalits and tribals,"
happened in Kandhamal in August 2008, the Christian leader said, "is
without a doubt the most painful and terrible chapter in the history of India.
Innocent Christians were brutally targeted and mercilessly killed. Their homes,
places of worship and places of work were destroyed. The wounds of that
terrible tragedy cannot be easily erased."
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