Karachi, Mar 16, 2014 (PTI)
The protesters attacked the temple, set the dharmashala on fire last night and surrounded the house of a Hindu man who was accused of burning the pages of the holy book, prompting security forces to fire warning shots and tear gas shells.
A frenzied mob attacked a Hindu temple and set a dharmashala on fire over alleged desecration of a holy book, prompting authorities to impose a curfew in the Larkana city of Pakistan's southern Sindh province. read more »
by Nirmala Carvalho
Sajan George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC ) comments to AsiaNews. Of the nine defendants, the court charged only three, acquitting the other six . "Minimizing this violence violates all constitutional guarantees".
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India’s laws restricting religious conversions–intended to protect people from being forced to change their beliefs — are an obstacle to religious freedom, a senior United Nations figure said in an interview.Heiner Bielefeldt, the UN’s special rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, spoke to The Wall Street Journal last week. read more »
March 14, 2014 - Recalling Pope Francis on the first anniversary of his election on Thursday, March 13, Indian Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay regarding him as a gift to the Church. Speaking to AsiaNews, Cardinal Gracias, the former president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI), said that the past one year has been a joyful journey, full of solidarity and fraternity both for the universal Church as well as the Church in India. read more »
Bhubaneswar: The district court in Cuttack on Friday convicted three persons and acquitted six in the 2008 Kandhamal nun gangrape case. Prime accused Mitu Patnaik has been sentenced to 11 years imprisonment and the remaining two convicts have been sentenced to 2 years imprisonment.
The nun was allegedly gangraped on August 25, 2008 at Baliguda in Kandhamal district of Odisha, two days after the communal riots broke out in the district following the killing of VHP leader Swami Laxmananda Saraswati and four of his supporters. read more »
A trial court in Cuttack on Friday convicted three persons and acquitted six others in connection with the gang-rape of a nun in Odisha's Kandhamal district during the 2008 communal riots.
District sessions court judge Gyana Ranjan Purohit held Mitua alias Santosh Patnaik guilty under section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code and convicted two other accused - Gajendra Digal and Saroj Bahdei - under section 354 (outraging modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code.
The court is likely to pronounce the quantum punishment for the three convicted persons soon. read more »