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Petition for Christians in Orissa, India

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In 2008, anti-Christian violence in Orissa State left 120 Christians dead and over 50,000 homeless. One year later more than 4,000 people remain in refugee camps. Thousands are unable to return to their villages for fear of forcible conversion to Hinduism. 

On request of the Orissa State Government, Judge Sarat Chandra Mohapatra started an investigation into the communal riots in Kandhamal. Early July, an interim report on the anti-Christian violence in Kandhamal was released. Land disputes, conversions and reconversions and fake ID papers are the causes for the attacks a year ago, according to the Mohapatra commission.
 
The judge said that 90 people died and more than 50,000 were made refugees, their homes and churches set on fire, because tribals felt that Dalit converts to Christianity were obtaining land unlawfully by using fake IDs that described them as Dalits when in fact their conversion excluded them from quotas meant for Dalits.
 
Mohapatra did not blame anyone for the communal violence.
 
Church leaders complained they have not been heard by the commission so far and feel neglected. In their opinion, neither the conversions nor the land disputes explain the sudden outburst of violence in a region with long periods of healthy social interaction and exchange between Hindus and Christians.
Given the negative responses to the interim report, Christian leaders prefer a Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) report into the communal violence and its root causes.

Will you please support their request in writing to the Prime Minister of India, Mr. Manmohan Singh and sending a copy of the letter to Orissa's Chief Minister, Mr. Shri Naveen Patnaik.
 
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