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In a parody of justice, accused in Kandhamal pogrom get rigorous imprisonment and fines
Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians, slams the sentencing of nine people involved in the violence. Priest in Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar says he expected “life in prison or the death penalty”.
Orissa: still no justice for Christian victims of 2008 violence
Out of more than 3,000 cases, only 327 have made it to court with 1,597 suspects acquitted. Almost three years after anti-Christian pogroms, trials are marred by all sorts of irregularities.
Orissa Christians hope for justice, Indian activist says
In an interview with AsiaNews, Ram Puniyani, Convenor of the National People’s Tribunal, talks about the latter’s report on the 2008 anti-Christian pogroms. For him, the issue was not religious but the political use of poverty among Hindu Adivasi and Christian Dalits by Hindu fundamentalists.
Christmas strengthens our faith in Christ, Orissa bishop says
Interview with Mgr John Barwa, archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar. Following the anti-Christian pogroms in Kandhamal (2007 and 2008), priests and nuns are involved in making communities "united and mature in their faith".
Christmas in Orissa for Hindu prisoners
A priest visits inmates in Balliguda, Khandamal. The district was the scene of anti-Christian violence. A tearful Hindu prisoner says he was lonely and in despair. “Now I know and feel that God is with me and will not abandon me”.
No persecution can destroy our faith, says Orissa archbishop
Interview with Mgr John Barwa, archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar. He is on spiritual retreat 10-14 December) with his priests, victims of anti-Chritian pogroms. Fr Errol Fernandes is in charge of the retreat, centred on the Year of Faith. In 2008, the Jesuit priest met Hindu students at a Mumbai college to describe what was happening to Christians in Orissa.
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