Indian court sentences 16 for anti-Christian violence in Orissa
Catholic World News - August 11, 2010
A special court set up to try cases relating to the anti-Christian violence in India’s eastern Orissa state two years ago has sentenced 16 people to 3-year prison terms.
The fast-track court also handed out fines to those who were convicted on charges of setting fire to the homes of Christians in Sindrigam, a village in the jungle district of Kandhamal. The region was seized by widespread violence as mobs circulated, attacking Christians, after the murder of the Hindu leader Lakshmanananda Saraswati on August 23, 2008.
In violence that went on unabated for weeks, more than 90 Christians were killed, over 5000 Christian houses and 300 churches and Christian institutions were looted and torched. Before order was restored, over 500,000 Christians had been driven from their homes.
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