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Pogrom in Orissa: life imprisonment for seven innocent Christians
Retired bishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar promises: "We will appeal". The convicted men are accused of the murder of a Hindu leader, which triggered the anti-Christian violence of 2008. Against them there is no evidence. The Maoists have always claimed reponsibility for the assassination.
Orissa: 50 Hindu nationalists attack Christians. Fear of new pogroms
The pastor of a Pentecostal Church and 12 families of his community were seriously wounded, in the district of Balasore. The police seized explosives and dynamite in another district (Puri) of Orissa. According to the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), Hindu nationalists are preparing a "diabolical plan" to repeat the 2008 violence of Kandhamal.
Cardinal Gracias: A year from the pogroms in Orissa, hope "for a new beginning"
According to the Archbishop of Mumbai and president of the Catholic Bishops, the anti-Christian violence in Orissa was "one of the saddest moments in the history of India." The country "needs to restore its glorious multi-cultural, multi-religious and multi-linguistic tradition”.
Supreme Court: Fresh investigations into anti-Christian violence in Kandhamal
The highest court in India demands Orissa account for the numerous acquittals related to the pogroms of 2008. Of 185 trials, only 64 convictions and all for minor offenses. No sentence for murder, rape, looting, arson. A report compiled by an NGO led the Supreme Court to action.
Orissa bishops call on government to rebuild churches by Christmas
The request is made in a letter addressed to the state’s chief minister, Naveen Patnaik, to help things get back to normal. However, violence and forced re-conversion to Hinduism are still taking place in the state, generating fear and terror. The bishops call on the central government to continue the deployment of special forces in the state until after the upcoming election which is scheduled for 9 April next year.
India, growing religious intolerance against Christians
In Karnataka, a Pentecostal pastor was beaten by Hindu ultra-nationalists and detained for forced conversions. In Maharashtra, Hindu activists attacked the tribal Christians. A church under construction in Haryana destroyed. All on the same day.
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