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Christian leaders in India’s Odisha State have called on the local government to pay compensation to the Christian victims of the 2008 anti-Christian riots that swept across the Kandhamal District. This demand comes over a year after India’s Supreme Court ordered that increased compensation be paid to the riot’s worst hit victims. From August to October 2008, anti-Christian riots swept across the Kandhamal District with mobs of radical Hindus killing Christians, burning down Christian homes and churches, and displacing over 56,000. 

10/26/2017 India (UCAN) – An ecumenical delegation has called on India’s Odisha state government to finally implement the Supreme Court’s directive to increase compensation payments to victims of anti-Christian violence.

The Supreme Court issued the order more than a year ago.

The delegation of six Christian leaders on Oct. 25 met with officials of Kandhamal district to complain about the long delay.

In 2008, Hindu nationalists in the district attacked hundreds of impoverished villages, leaving at least dozens dead — including disabled and elderly people as well as children and women.

Thousands of homes, as well as churches, were destroyed.

The Supreme Court of India on Aug. 2 last year directed the state government to pay additional compensation for the worst anti-Christian bloodshed in Indian history.

Father Ajay Kumar Singh, who works for the victims of violence, said the top district official told him that further payments had been delayed by administrative complications, but would be made within two months.

The Supreme Court asked the state to pay extra compensation of 300,000 rupees (US$4,600) per death, in addition to the 500,000 rupees already allocated to families of 39 people killed.

Increased payments were also ordered for families who had homes fully destroyed or partially damaged.

Father Singh said not even all the initial compensation obligations had been met.

And the real number of victims — through death or destruction of personal and church property — had not been recognised, he complained.

For example, while compensation had only been agreed for 39 cases of death, the real number of deaths was more like 100.

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