Five Christians Ostracized in Orissa, India

  April 13, 2011

  Odisha, Sundargarh

  Complicity of Authorities, Intimidation, Threats and Harassment

On 13 April in Bodimunda, Sundergarh, Orissa, Hindu extremists imposed a socio- economic boycott on Christians and held one Christian’s family captive for helping some Christian neighbors in rebuilding their houses which were burned in the 2008 anti-Christians violence.

Hindu extremists laid siege to Keshav Digal’s house, held his family including four women captive for one night and imposed a socio- economic boycott on the local Christians.

The extremists imposed a fine on shopkeepers who sell wares to Digal and some other Christians. Subsequently, all truck owners refuse to ferry goods for the Christians even for a higher price for fear of Hindu extremists as they already damaged one truck hired by Digal.

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