India: a religious sister, victim of sexual assault, has rebounded to ‘bring her people hope’
by Anto Akkara.
In August 2008, the Odisha state’s Kandhamal district witnessed the worst eruption of Christian persecution in modern Indian history. It was sparked by the murder of a local Hindu leader. Hindu radicals labeled the killing “an international Christian conspiracy,” blaming the Pope, Europe, and the United States. They called for revenge on Christians, which led to the deaths of 100 people and the destruction of 300 churches and 6,000 homes. Seven Christians, falsely accused of the murder of the Swami, spent 9 years in jail. In early December, the remaining five Christians were finally released on bail.
Christ the King Feast in Jharkhand, India, diocese of Simdega, November 2017. Credit Mario Bard. Copyright: Aid to the Church in Need.