» 12/14/2009, 00.00
Indian religious leaders ask government to decriminalise but not legalise homosexuality
Muslim, Hindu, Christian and Sikh leaders send a memorandum to Prime Minister Singh. A ruling by the High Court in New Delhi is creating a lot of “confusion” that represents a “grave danger to the social fabric of society.” The Church promotes meetings in Mumbai to bring clarity to the ongoing debate.
Thousands of Christian and Muslim Dalits march against discrimination
A demonstration is held in New Delhi against rule that grants status and rights only to Hindu, Buddhist and Sikh outcastes. For New Delhi’s archbishop, Mgr Concessao, India cannot afford to carry on this discrimination.
Orissa: killing Christians to stop Tribals and Dalits from developing and achieving dignity
An expert sociologist talks about the motives behind the ongoing waves of violence against Christians—conversion to Christianity, education and emancipation allow Tribals and Dalits to escape slave-like conditions. Hindu fundamentalism is against the search for greater justice and wants to stop ongoing social transformations.
Mumbai bishop explains why Hindus attack Christians
Mgr Agnelo Gracias, auxiliary bishop of Bombay, looks at anti-Christian violence in Orissa and other Indian states. Separating fact from fiction, he explains why claims that Christians engage in forced conversions are lies, asserts that Christians have a right to evangelise and that anyone has the right to convert, and shows that there is no religion as missionary as Hinduism.
Fasting and march against the “daily” persecution of Christians in Orissa
Christians and lawmakers protest in the street against inaction by the Orissa State government over last Christmas’ violence. Since the incidents took place state authorities have done nothing to apprehend the culprits or protect and compensate the victims. Protesters demand the intervention of the central government.
Indian Christians appeal to Prime Minister Singh for protection
Catholics and Protestants call on central government to provide protection and guarantees for a peaceful Christians. European diplomats meet Orissa’s home affairs secretary for reassurances that Christians will be able to celebrate Christmas in security.
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