Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Indian Christians Report 'Peculiar' Police Behavior

[The Christian Post] 8 Oct 2008--Police in India responsible for protecting Christians against the onslaught of Hindu-led attacks are reportedly neglecting their duties or turning a blind eye to the violence, an Indian Christian group reported.

Thousands of central and state law enforcement troops have been deployed to squelch the violence in the eastern state of Orissa, but to not much effect. The Orissa anti-Christian violence continues unabated for the seventh week, with most of the victims being Dalits, formerly known as untouchables.

“The events of the last month, not only the attacks but the negligence of government, would be sad if it happened in a dictatorship or a totalitarian regime,” said Dr. Joseph D’souza, president of the All India Christian Council, on Saturday. “The fact that it’s happening in the world’s largest democracy makes it infinitely sadder.”

Some police, mostly in rural areas, are ignoring cases of attacks against Christians, AICC reported.

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