THE wave of anti-Christian violence in the Indian state of Orissa three years ago constituted torture and crimes against humanity under international law, a report issued earlier this month has concluded.
The National People’s Tribunal in Delhi heard evidence from 45 victims of the violence by Hindu extremists (News, 5 September 2008). At least 60 people were killed in the anti-Christian pogroms, many churches were destroyed, and 50,000 made homeless.
The report describes how women were victims of sexual violence during the unrest. It says that the criminal-justice system was ineffective in dealing with the violence, much of which was premeditated, because of the state’s collusion with extremist groups.