Posted by: becketfund | January 29, 2008

India: Hindu-Christian Violence Escalates

ORISSA – Interfaith violence between Christians and Hindus in the Indian state of Orissa escalated during the Christmas season, with both Hindu and Christian properties being destroyed and at least eight deaths, Human Rights Watch reported on January 29. Violence between the two groups, which have clashed over the issue of conversions, has occurred before, though the local government preferred not to intervene. The most recent incidents mark a new level of violence, and yet the government has not investigated the root causes of the attacks, nor has it pledged to ensure the religious freedom of its citizens. Compass Direct reports that approximately 90 churches have been burned down and nearly 600 houses have been torched or vandalized. Many Christians are still in hiding in the mountains outside of Orissa.

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