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Orissa: 7 innocent Christians still in prison, victims of sham trials
Phulbani Fast Track Court judge closes his court and assigns the case to a sessions court. It may take another year to conclude trial. The seven are charged with the murder of a Hindu leader, who launched the anti-Christian pogroms of 2008. The Maoists have always claimed responsibility for the assassination.
Sr. Meena, the raped nun, "a witness of Light and Truth for the Church in India"
On the eve of the trial against the rapists of Sister Meena, the religious sister attacked during anti-Christian pogrom in Orissa, her uncle Mgr. Barwa speaks: "She is the symbol of our struggle. She feels no anger, but want justice for us all. "
Orissa, six years on from pogrom "faith in the crucified Christ never abandons us"
The Indian State,scene of terrible anti-Christian persecution in 2008, today holds a Day of Remembrance in memory of the victims and to demand justice from the government. The Archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar tells AsiaNews: "The testimony of victims has produced fertile seeds, which nourish faith and vocations." Card. Gracias: "The suffering of Christians in India, offered for peace in Iraq".
Slow trials and a series of acquittals for Orissa pogroms
Paradoxical judgment from Kandhamal court for three people accused of the murder of a Hindu chieftain who defended the Christians, and a widow of 65 years. The facts date back to August 25, 2008. The All India Christian Council: monstrous case. Dhirendra Panda, Hindu and human rights activist: A threat to the values of humanity and democracy.
Orissa pogrom,54 extremists acquitted. Christian leader: latest farce to target victims
The defendants were accused of having set fire to a Baptist church and 14 houses, Christmas 2007. Despite the evidence against them, the Phulbani court acquitted them for "lack of evidence". The court is the same one that sentenced seven innocent Christians to life imprisonment. The president of the Global Council of Indian Christians ( GCIC ) is launching an appeal for justice.
Orissa court reopens Christian murder case dismissed by police
Michael Nayak was killed in Baliguda (Kandhamal) on 20 July of last year by a group of Hindu extremists. Police had dismissed the case as an ordinary accident. The president of the Global Council of Indian Christians calls on the authorities to investigate other cold cases involving Christian victims of extremists and the 2008 Orissa pogroms.
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