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Hindus still force conversions in Orissa, archbishop charges

Catholic World News - September 14, 2010

Hindu militants are continuing to force the conversions of Christians in the troubled Orissa state, according to the local Catholic leader.

Archbishop Raphael Cheenath of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar said that the forcible conversion of Christians to Hinduism have been reported in 10 villages in the Kandhamal district: the region that bore the brunt of the anti-Christian violence of 2008. “The state describes itself as secular; hence, it should not condone such violence,” the archbishop told Naveen Pattnaik’s the chief minister of Orissa.

The archbishop also said that the state has an obligation to ensure the security of Christians who fled from their villages in 2008 to escape the violence, and have not yet felt safe enough to return.

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