» 04/14/2008, 00.00
Tamil Nadu: A thousand Dalit Christians reconvert to Hinduism
In a single ceremony Dalits take on oath for Hinduism and sign an affidavit. Caste discrimination is affecting the local Church.
Court rules Dalit entitlements only for Hindus
Judges agree that a Dalit Christian who re-converted to Hinduism is entitled to Scheduled Caste quota benefits in applying for public sector employment; Christian Dalits are not.
People's Tribunal begins hearings in Tamil Nadu on Christian Dalits rights
A copy of the proceedings will be sent to India's President and Prime Minister.
Thousands converting back to Hinduism: truth, or propaganda?
In Kalyan, in Maharashtra, Hindus are celebrating the "reconversion" of 1,130 families. The guru Narendra Maharaj urges the faithful not to be corrupted by the Christian missionaries, and calls on them to vote for the parties that defend the Hindu community. Bishop Fernandez: Christians must continue to spread the message of love, and the values of the Gospel.
Catholic families forced to convert
In the village of Roopapali more than 40 Catholic families have had to convert to receive government aid for the poor. "I would have lost my job," says a teacher. "They were threatened," says a catechist.
Upper caste and Dalit Catholics clash, police shoot and kill
In Tamil Nadu upper caste Catholics attack Dalits, destroying dozens of their homes. They are “guilty” of demanding a separate parish. Police move in and fire at attackers.
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