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Kandhamal: slain former leader of Hindu converted to Christianity
The body of Biskesan Pradhan was found this morning by police near Tiangia (Orissa), a village hit by anti-Christian pogrom of 2008. Former leader of Hindu extremist organization, the man had converted to Christianity three years ago and attended the Baptist Church. Orissa Christians denounce continuing cases of forced conversions by Hindu extremists.
Andhra Pradesh, eight Pentecostal Christians arrested for praying in the street
One hundred activists of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS, a Hindu ultra-nationalist group) accused them of forced conversions, then led the police to arrest them. Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC): "No let up for Christians, the system is corrupt." Today in Orissa a march to commemorate the anti-Christian violence of 2008.
Orissa, Hindu fundamentalists offer rewards for killing Christians
Rewards are given in money, clothing, liquor, and other goods, to those who kill a Christian or destroy Christian property. The interior minister calls for the creation of a special police division to protect the victims of violence. Women are also being recruited for the pogrom launched by the fundamentalists, being trained in secret locations to use swords and clubs.
Orissa: a global report on the 2008 anti-Christian pogroms is released
In the 197-page document, the National People’s Tribunal of the National Solidarity Movement, a coalition of social activist groups, draws a global picture of Hindu fundamentalist violence against Christians in Kandhamal, including the context, the human, socio-economic and cultural impact of the attacks, the authorities’ responses and possible solutions to bring justice and dignity to survivors.
Orissa, persecution and threats against Christians continue
The authorities have not yet responded to the request to ensure the safety of Christmas celebrations. 16 thousand homeless families and in 20 villages Christians can only return if they convert to Hinduism. Archbishop Cheenath concerns.
Orissa: Hindu extremists burn three Christian homes in Kandhamal
The victims identified the ring leaders, but the police have advised them against naming him on the report. The attack took place on May 31st, the very day the armies sent to protect Christians in the area withdrew.
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