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Peaceful march in Delhi: police beat and stop priests, nuns and children
Demonstrators gathered to protest against attacks on Catholic churches over the past two months. Police declared the rally "Illegal". For Card Gracias, treating "Christians like criminals" was "a shameful stain on secular and democratic India." The government denies visas to two Vatican officials without explanation. They were only supposed to take part in a conference.
Java, the government and Muslims condemn the attack against Christians in Kepunton
For the President Yodhoyono the attack is an unacceptable act. The largest Islamic organization in the country defines the bombers "inhuman criminals." Suspicions about the Islamic group extremist Cirebon.
Five years after the Orissa pogroms, Christians still live in appalling conditions
The victims of the anti-Christian violence in 2007 and 2008 are still denied justice and assistance. Hundreds of people are still without identity papers or title deeds. Violence remains an ever present problem, especially for Dalit Christian girls and women.
Hundreds of Christians, evicted from premises, arrested for wanting to pray in the streets
Police detain nearly 200 from the Protestant Church of Shouwang, one of the largest domestic churches. The faithful wanted to pray in the streets after being evicted from their premises. Wave of repression against the "jasmine revolution" also extends to religious groups. Many activists have become Christians.
Communal violence legislation, a matter “of life and death” for millions of Indians
India’s federal Home Affairs minister is seeking quick approval for the Communal Violence Bill, which will impose harsher penalties on those guilty of stoking inter-religious conflict. However, Fr C. Prakash, a front-line minority rights advocate, opposes the draft proposal because it does not prevent collusion between politicians and police in communal crimes.
India's Catholic Bishops call for a stop to anti-Christian violence, say Christians are not second-class citizens
During the plenary of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI), the bishops spoke of "various untoward incidents affecting the Christian community in different parts of the country." The Constitution guarantees freedom of conscience and religion (art. 25) and equality (art. 14). The silence on the part of government institutions and law enforcement vis-à-vis such attacks is "baffling".
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