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Orissa, ruling on raped nun "example of collusion between the state and Hindu extremists "
Sajan George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC ) comments to AsiaNews. Of the nine defendants, the court charged only three, acquitting the other six . "Minimizing this violence violates all constitutional guarantees".
- A verdict that clearly shows "the connivance and support of public
officials of the deliberate violence by Hindu fundamentalists", says Sajan
George, president of the Global Council
of Indian Christians (GCIC), commenting to AsiaNews on the Cuttack Court
judgment on the case of Sister Meena Barwa, raped and humiliated by a
dozen people during the pogroms in Kandhamal (Orissa), in 2008.
men were tried for the violence committed against the woman religious however,
the courts convicted only three of them, giving fully acquitting the other six.
tenth person identified by the victim was never arrested. "We
are shocked and dismayed by the light verdict delivered
today by the Cuttack District Sessions Court" - stated Sajan George - "It is
really a travesty of justice. The nun was attacked, gang-raped and paraded
semi-naked through the streets in Kandhamal district of Odisha which incident
had indeed shaken up the conscience of the entire nation. The whole incident
was published in almost all the newspapers in the country with very clear
this sense, says the president of the GCIC, "the court
verdict clearly shows the callousness of the prosecution in the
horrendous sexual assault, the failure at various levels, including
documenting, reporting, investigating, charging and prosecuting the cases, is
abundantly clear from the verdict". According
to Sajan George the case "clearly indicates an institutional prejudice
against the Christian community. Minimizing sexual violence against women is a deliberate
dereliction of constitutionally mandated duties and violates
Orissa: raped nun forgives aggressors and recounts her sufferings
Three years after the violence against Christians in Kandhamal, Sr. Meena Barwa says she is a new creature. The sufferings and pains of those years were a path to Christ. The trial against the rapists and their condemnation is essential to give justice to all victims of the pogroms.
Hindu extremist who raped Sister Meena arrested
Pandit Bishimajhi is blamed for serious anti-Christian violence in Orissa in August 2008, which included beating people and setting buildings on fire. A member of a Hindu nationalist party, he was a wanted man for many months but was able to elude and mock police. His arrest might be a sign that justice will finally be done in Orissa.
Supreme Court tells Orissa to ensure Christians’ safety
The ruling, issued last Sunday, criticises the authorities’ slowness in responding early to the violence. Also on Sunday the nun raped in K. Nuagaon on 25 August identified two of her assailants.
Indian commission investigating anti-Christian pogrom in Orissa
A seven-member team begins inquiry in areas where Hindus massacred Christians. They will meet victims, police officials and local administrators. It is still not known whether Sister Meena will take part in the line-up to identify her assailants.
Orissa pogrom: three convicted, six acquitted of gang rape of Sister Meena Barwa
The Cuttack district court issues a controversial ruling. The Servite religious sister was raped by Hindu fundamentalists during the anti-Christian violence of 2008.
Card. Tong’s article on China-Holy See dialogue, arouses joy and dismay
The Hong Kong bishop’s optimism over a change in the method of appointing bishops and the function of the Patriotic Association. But it is unclear whether it is real change or just nominal, in words. Underground bishops are patriotic and love their country, but the Party is suspicious of them. Freedom in episcopal appointments is “essential", but the bishops are not free to exercise their ministry. Patriotic bishops controlled in their visits with members of the universal Church. The "bugs" (hidden microphones) in a bishop’s office.
Card. Tong: The future of Sino-Vatican dialogue from an ecclesiological point of view
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The Hong Kong Cardinal outlines the steps that hope to propel dialogue between China and the Holy See. Themes include the Pope's role in the appointment of bishops; A change of vision in the Patriotic Association; the possible integration of the underground bishops in the Episcopal Conference. A new article by card. John Tong, following a previous article published a few months ago on "Communion of the Church in China with the universal Church."
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