‘Collusion’ in Orissa

28 December 2011

by Ed Beavan

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.

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