Indian government to compensate Christian victims of Hindu violence

The government of the Indian state of Karnataka has announced it is to compensate 12 Christians who fell victim to Hindu radicals during a wave of violence in 2008.

In September 2008, over 20 Protestant churches across the state were attacked and ransacked by members of the Sangh Parivar, an umbrella group for extreme Hindu factions. During the attacks, Christians found at the churches, nuns among them, were set upon and violently assaulted.

However, a judicial examination of events later concluded not only was the government free of blame in failing to respond correctly to the rioting, but that Sangh Parivar itself could not be held accountable by the rioting Hindus proclaiming allegiance to the group.

The government rejected what it held to be a whitewash report and has now announced that Christians who have suffered due to the violence will each receive 15,000 rupees (approximately €200).

The compensation announcement came as Christians in the state of Odisha (formerly Orissa), marked the seventh anniversary of  the anti-Christian pogrom there in which nearly 100 people died as over 350 places of worship and many more Christian dwellings were razed.