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    Fourteen sentenced to three years for Kandhamal riots

    Babu ThomasA fast track court in Orissa awarded three years rigorous imprisonment to fourteen accused in the 2008 Kandhamal riots. Judge CR Das of fast track court II in Phulbani sentenced seven people to rigorous imprisonment for setting fire to houses in Budamaha village in Raikia during the anti-Christian violence. The court also imposed a

    Church must be a ‘prophetic voice’ for neglected children: World Vision chief

    Dibin Samuel The head of a leading humanitarian charitable organization in the country has called on the Church to rise up from its ‘Sunday school centric’ response and become a prophetic community bringing healing to the lives of children who are neglected and are deprived of education. India is home to the world’s largest child

    Kandhamal Christians facing social boycott, says fact-finding team

    Dibin Samuel Standing in stark contrast to the district administration’s claims of peace in Kandhamal, a fact-finding team has divulged that riot-hit victims face social boycott coupled with continued threats from the Sangh Parivar. A four-member team of prominent activists discovered a “state of lawlessness and utter fear” of persecuted Christians who are facing social

    Cases against Christians still to be withdrawn, NHRC told

    Babu ThomasDozens of cases involving about 150 persons, mostly young men and women falsely implicated in the September 2008 church attacks in Karnataka, is still to be withdrawn, the National Human Rights Commission of India was told. However, cases against culprits belonging to the Hindu community have been withdrawn without assigning any reasons, and many

    RSS pushes for anti-conversion law in Jharkhand

    John Malhotra The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is pushing for an anti-conversion law in Jharkhand. On Sunday, the chief of the RSS state unit, Jaggnath Sahi, told media that it would prompt the BJP-led government to draft a law that will prohibit religious conversion. Stating that countries like China, Israel and others have banned conversion,

    Two hundred families still to return homes, says Kandhamal official

    Dibin Samuel A top official in Kandhamal has conceded just what church leaders have been clamoring since long. There are still hundreds to return to their villages in the riot-hit district, two years after the violence. The district collector of Kandhamal, Krishna Kumar, yesterday told reporters that there were still 200 families to return to