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India: 'people's tribunal' charges police complicity in Orissa's anti-Christian violence

December 05, 2011

A “people’s tribunal” on the anti-Christian violence in the Kandhamal jungles of India’s eastern Orissa state three years ago has blamed the state government for its failure to safeguard Christians.

“The jury observes with deep concern that the criminal-justice system has been rendered ineffective in protecting victim survivors and witnesses, providing justice and ensuring accountability for the crimes perpetrated,” lamented the jury of the National People’s Tribunal in its final verdict on December 2 at Bhubaneswar, the capital of Orissa state.

The people’s tribunal also charged the Orissa police of “complicity” in the unabated violence that engulfed the jungle district of Kandhamal in August 2008. In violence that went on unabated for weeks, more than 100 Christians were killed and over 300 churches and 6,000 Christian houses were looted and torched; more than 56,000 Christians were driven out of their homes.


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