India: Kandhamal Christians back in jail after temporary Christmas release

India: Kandhamal Christians back in jail after temporary Christmas release
Two of seven Indian Christians who have spent nearly a decade in prison – convicted of murdering a Hindu leader whose death sparked the worst case of anti-Christian violence in India’s history – were granted temporary parole over the Christmas period to spend time with their families. Evidence seems to be . . . Read More

India Chief Justice: Lack of convictions over Kandhamal violence ‘very disturbing’

India Chief Justice: Lack of convictions over Kandhamal violence ‘very disturbing’
India’s Supreme Court Chief Justice has said it is “very disturbing” that such a “large number” of the perpetrators of the worst case of anti-Christian violence in India’s history – in the Kandhamal district of Odisha (formerly Orissa), eastern India, in 2008 – have not yet been brought to justice. . . . Read More

Indian Supreme Court rules compensation for worst-ever anti-Christian violence ‘not enough’

Indian Supreme Court rules compensation for worst-ever anti-Christian violence ‘not enough’
India’s Supreme Court Chief Justice has ordered that adequate compensation has not yet been paid to the victims – in 2008 – of religiously-motivated violence by Hindus against Christians in the Kandhamal district of Odisha (formerly Orissa), eastern India. The success of the petition, brought by Raphel Cheenath, the local . . . Read More

India: Recent incidents of persecution

India: Recent incidents of persecution
India is No. 32 on the World Watch List of the 50 countries where it is most difficult to live as a Christian. “While most Indian Christians are relatively free, many parts of the country remain key battlegrounds between Hindu extremists and Christians,” according to the list. “Violence against pastors . . . Read More