ASIA/INDIA - A website on the martyrs of Orissa

Friday, 26 February 2016 religious minorities   hinduism   persecutions   religious freedom   mass media  

Bhubaneswar (Agenzia Fides) - A website to describe the ordeal that the survivors of anti-Christian massacres in Orissa still live at a social, judicial, religious level: is the initiative launched by a group of activists, lawyers, academics, writers and artists, who notice how the path of justice for those responsible for the massacres proceed "at a snail's pace" and ensures their impunity. As reported to Fides by Fr. Ajaya Kumar Singh, the website, which has just been put online, will be a source of information, data and documentation, both for legal assistance, and for those who work with survivors of violence, and for all those who want to fully understand the story. It will also serve to "focus attention on the failure of the governments of Orissa and the Union of India to ensure complete rehabilitation and compensation of victims".
Two commissions of inquiry on the violence in Kandhamal, appointed by the Prime Minister of Orissa, Naveen Pattnaik, presented their reports in late 2015, but a written report has not yet been made public. The violence in 2008 caused the death of about one hundred Christians and the destruction of 8500 houses and 395 churches. Civil society groups estimate that Christian refugees, expelled forever from their villages were over 56,000. (SD-PA) (Agenzia Fides 26/02/2016)