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Indian state ordered to pay for rebuilding mosques after religious riots

Catholic World News - February 10, 2012

The top court in India’s Gujarat state has ruled that the government must pay for the repair or reconstruction of 500 temples and mosques damaged during religious rioting in 2002.

The court found that local officials were guilty of “negligence,” failing to protect religious minorities and their houses of worship. The court was responding to a petition by Muslims seeking compensation for the losses they suffered in the rioting.

The violence that swept Gujarat in 2002 began when Muslim zealots attacked a train carrying Hindu pilgrims. In retaliation, Hindus attacked Muslim sites. More than 1,000 people died in the riots.

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