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Kandhamal Atrocities: 15 Years On, Justice Remains Elusive in India

New Dehli: The Modi government still avoids prosecuting extremist Hindus who played Holi with the blood of Christians for four days, even after 15 years.

In 2008, under the BJP government in Odisha’s Kandhamal district, hundreds of extremist Hindus brutally attacked Christians, resulting in numerous deaths.

The violence, which lasted for four days, saw over 600 Christian villages and more than 400 churches set on fire.

As a result, more than 500 Christians lost their lives, while nearly 75,000 became homeless.

Hundreds of Christian women were gang raped, and numerous families were burned alive.

According to international reports, extremist Hindus tried to forcibly convert thousands of Christians to Hinduism.

The central figures behind these atrocities were the members of Bajrang Dal, Rashtra Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), and Vishva Hindu Parishad.

The culprits received state protection, and the police remained silent spectators during the riots.

Over 50,000 Christians sought refuge in the jungles to save their lives. In a separate incident in Nagaland, forty Hindu extremists gang raped a Christian nun. However, the Indian court released all the accused culprits under the pretext of lack of evidence.

International organizations and nations condemned these mass killings.

Even minority commissions, Justice A.P. Shah’s Commission, and Odisha’s police chief held the Sangh Parivar organizations responsible for these heinous crimes, but the perpetrators remain free to this day.