Posted by: becketfund | September 4, 2008

India: Supreme Court Intervenes in Orissa Violence

ORISSA – India’s Supreme Court has ordered the government of Orissa to submit a report on continued anti-Christian violence in the region after Christians complained that local police did little to stop the attacks, the International Herald Tribune reported on September 4.  The attacks by Hindus have destroyed or damaged about 1,400 homes, 80 churches and small prayer houses, and several orphanages.  The violence is in response to the August 23 murder of Laxmananada Saraswati, a leader of a Hindu radical group that opposed attempts by Christians to convert Hindus.  It is estimated that 25 Christians have been killed since the violence began.

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