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New Delhi: archbishop, priests and nuns arrested during peaceful demonstration
Mgr Anil JT Couto, along with other members of the local clergy, was taking part in a protest for the rights of Dalit Christians and Muslims. Police apparently beat the religious leaders present, charging the crowd with water cannons. Several people have been injured. For Card Gracias, "violence on priests, religious and nuns" is a disgrace for India. The country "cannot move forward as long as one part of society is discriminated and deprived of something on religious grounds."
Bishop of Orissa: fear surrounds Easter because of tension over elections
For the bishop of Bhubaneshwar, "while a few political parties give a notion that they seek the good of our people, sadly the facts prove the contrary." The police arrest a BJP candidate after a rally during which he incited the crowd to violence, and accused the Church of converting the population by force. Easter celebrations held under armed guard in refugee camps.
Bishop of Orissa: let Christians in refugee camps vote
At least 70,000 Christians are not registered on the voter lists. Hindu extremists burned their identification documents in the pogroms in August and September. There are more than 3,000 people still living in the refugee camps. At least 18,000 have moved to other cities out of fear of violence. For the Global Council of Indian Christians, "depriving someone of their voting right is a way to disenfranchise and stifle the Christian minority."
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.
18/02/2016 11:13:00 INDIA
Thousands of students protest against Modi to defend free speech
The debate in the country is focused on case of Kanhaiya Kumar, student leader arrested for "sedition". He stands charged with having led a rally with anti-nationalist overtones. Police accused of illegality and of manipulating evidence, helpless in the face of nationalist fanatics violence against students. Social leaders: "Finally there is a confrontation. On the one hand the Modi fascists, on the other democracy ".
Anna Hazare arrest "totally unacceptable"
Fr. Cedric Prakash, SJ, director of Ahmedabad based Prashant centre for Human Rights expresses concern about the government's reaction to protests against corruption. "Corruption is a problem of great magnitude in the country, and should be addressed at every level. "
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