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Victims of anti-Christian pogrom in Orissa, kidnapped for prostitution
Two sisters enticed to the capital to work and then sold as servants, forced to suffer beatings and violence. The police reject the report of one of the girls freed, unconcerned by human trafficking.
Anti-Christian violence getting worse
Since 24 August when the pogrom began 59 Christians have been killed, 18,000 injured, 177 churches destroyed or damaged, 4,300 homes set on fire, and 13 schools and colleges laid waste.
A people's court to bring justice to victims of Orissa
The first session of National People's Tribunal yesterday in New Delhi. It runs until August 24. Participants include former judges, activists, journalists and political analysts. They will hear the testimonies of survivors of the massacres to shed light on the anti-Christian pogrom that erupted August 23, 2008 and request the arrest of Hindu extremists perpetrators of the massacres who are still unpunished.
Orissa, fundamentalists attack Hindu for friendship with Christians
In the village of Bodimunda, Kandhamal, the fundamentalists social and economic boycott of Christians. They want police reports relating to the pogroms of 2008to withdrawn. A Hindu friend of Christians and his family held under siege overnight in their home, later looted and destroyed.
New acquittals for people who attacked Christians in Orissa
Fr Edward Sequeira, a Verbite priest who saw anti-Christian violence firsthand and was almost burnt to death during the 2008 pogrom, tells AsiaNews that a big organisation is working against Christians. He is certain that the Church will return to the areas where its institutions have been laid waste. The archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar says the Church is ready to appeal the acquittals.
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.
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