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Indian bishops’ conference official decries attack on Dalits

October 23, 2015

An official of the Indian Catholic Bishops’ Conference lamented violence against the nation’s Dalits following the deaths of two infants in a fire in Haryana state.

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Dalits were formerly known as untouchables in the Hindu caste system.

“This murder of two Dalit infants was an abominable crime,” Father Devasagaya Raj told the Fides news agency. “Attacks of this kind happen all over India against Dalit, the poorest, weakest and most vulnerable of Indians.”

“The Catholic Church in India stands with the weakest people and has raised a voice with the government and in society calling for protection and respect for the dignity of the outcast and the poor,” he added.


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