Kandhamal Violence

"They tried their best to ensure that I do not file the FIR....I was raped and I do not want to be victimised. I want a CBI probe," said the nun, who had disappeared from public gaze soon after the incident in Kandhamal district. Coming out in the open for the first time, she has charged the state police with being "friendly" with the attackers. Addressing a press conference two days after the Supreme Court ruled out a CBI inquiry into the August 25 incident, she said that the Orissa police did not take her statement and even tried to prevent her from filing an FIR against the attackers.

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Saturday October 18, 2008 Meanwhile, there is no respite for Christians in Orissa. The photo shows protesting women in front of a church at Tiangia village in Kandhamal

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Kandhamal violence victims stage a dharna demanding compensation near the governor's house in Bhubaneswar.

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Sunday October 12, 2008
The shame of it! The three accused in the nun rape case in Orissa -- arrested and being produced in the court in Palakkad. 

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Monday September 29, 2008 
The violence against Christians in Orissa was not limited to just the Christians. The photo shows a Hindu villager Nanda Digal, whose daughter married a Christian, near his vandalized house at Gadragaon near Chakapada in Kandhamal. 

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The situation in riot-hit Kandhamal district of Orissa turned volatile on September 16 when an over 500-strong mob set ablaze the Gochhapada station and burnt down police vehicles, even as the few policemen present there fled. Constable Bidhudendra Biswal was gunned down. Police said the attackers were carrying country-made firearms and other weapons. They had blocked the roads leading to Gochhapada before attacking the police station. A police outpost, 12 km away from Gochhapada, was also attacked. The Gochhapada station was attacked allegedly in protest against police action against a large group of people at Kurtamgarh village in the Tumudibandha area on Sept 13. The people were angry at the arrest of over 100 people in connection with the recent communal violence in the district. Four persons were killed in firing at Kurtamgarh when police prevented around 300 people from attacking Christian families at the village.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Meanwhile, in Orissa, it was back to barbarity as armed attackers shot dead a police constable and set fire to a police station in the riot-hit Kandhamal district. The photo shows nuns of Christian Community forming a human chain during a protest against atrocities against Christians. Also See: Orissa & Conversions

A woman reacts during a session of gospel hymns at a public meeting to protest against the recent attacks against members of the Christian community in Orissa. Thousands of Christian-run schools and colleges across the nation were closed on Friday September 5 to protest the recent Hindu mob attacks on churches and homes in Kandhamal that left at least 11 people dead.

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Meanwhile, the situation in Orissa's riot-hit Kandhamal district continued to be volatile with anti-Christian rioting by the VHP and Bajrang Dal continuing unabated. At least 80 houses were torched in fresh arson in several villages of Tikabali and Sarangada areas. Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Swami Lakshmanananda and four associates were killed in Kandhamal district last month, triggering violence which the state government has been unable -- or unwilling -- to control. While the Congress calls it a BJP-planned conspiracy to make political gains in the Lok Sabha and state elections that are likely to be held together, the BJP is back to raising questions about conversions. Also See: Three Angles Too Acute

Aug 23, 2008
Orissa was once again a communal cauldron as Vishwa Hindu Parishat (VHP) mobs went on the rampage, following the ghastly murder of 84-year-old VHP leader Swami Lakshmanananda Saraswati, known for his campaign against the conversion of tribals to Christianity, and four others. The cops blamed Maoists for the killings but the VHP saw the hand of local Christians and went about extracting revenge and retribution, killing at least 12.  Over 40 churches have been reported attacked at the time of writing, as mobs went about targeting Christian homes, schools and orphanges run by missionaries. On August 25, a 20-year old young woman was burnt alive at a Christian orphanage, recalling the fiendish lynching in 1999 of Graham Staines and his two little sons, leading to the imposition of curfew in six six towns-- Phulbani, Tumudibandh, Baliguda, Udaygiri, Nuagaon and Tikabali -- of the Kadhamal district, but to no avail as mobs defied curfew restrictions. The Pope has stepped in to condemn the violence against Christians, but the government, surprise surprise, claims that things are under control...


January 10, 2008
Members of Christian Council take out a protest rally demanding CBI probe for Kandhamal violence against christians in Bhubaneswer on Thursday.

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