Odisha state urged to protect Christians;

 

The memorandum comes as Christians commemorate the anniversary of the anti-Christian violence of 2007 and 2008.

Christians celebrate a special “day of remembrance” on August 25 remembering the massacres carried out by Hindu fundamentalists in a systematic way in Odisha’s Kandhamal district.

India:

A Christian forum in eastern Indian Odisha state has sent a memorandum to the state governor S.C. Jamir seeking his intervention to ensure that constitutional rights of Christians are protected.
The Christian Forum in Sambalpur district sent the memorandum as the community commemorate the anniversary of the anti-Christian violence in 2007 and in August 2008 in the state.
Christians celebrate a special “day of remembrance” on August 25 remembering the massacres carried out by Hindu fundamentalists in a systematic way in Odisha’s Kandhamal district.
The wave of fanatic violence “cleansed” some 400 villages of all Christians, burning down 5,600 houses and 296 churches and killing some 100 people died (but the government recognizes only 56). The violence also injured thousands, raped women, and displaced some 56,000 people.
The forum reminded the government: “We, followers of Christ, are compassionate, kind, humble: we ask you to ensure peace, security and protection to Christian minorities in Odisha.”
The Forum expressed “profound gratitude to the administration of the district of Sambalpur for having enforced the law, ensuring peace and security to the Christian community in recent years”.
The interreligious situation in Odisha is currently under control, but vigilance is still needed, especially to control Hindu extremist groups.
Hindu extremist leader Pravin Togadia of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) was recently forbidden by the authorities to enter the district of Kandhamal.It was feared that Togadia’s speeches could inflame and incite new violence. Togadia had often visited the area, and in particular in 2008 on the eve of the anti-Christian violence.
Source: Agenzia Fides

 

1 Comment

  1. August 27, 2015 at 6:44 am

    With the blitzkreig of the present junta which is only obeying the
    diktats of their masters – the saffron bigots — all minority religions
    must be ready to suffer and DIE for the faith they believe in

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