Another House Burnt:
New Delhi, October 4, 2008: EFI Correspondent Rev. Dr. D.B. Hrudaya reports from Bhubaneshwar: One more shocking incident occurred today when a Christian barely survived the brunt of the mob rage. House of Daud Nayak of Kiramaha village, just 2 km away from G. Udaigiri was burnt by unruly mob at around 11:30 a.m today. Thankfully Daud Nayak manage to escape. More details are awaited.
Probe ordered in Nuns Rape:
Yet another shameful chapter in religious cleansing of Christians was added when the Orissa govt. confirmed on Friday that a 29 years old catholic nun was raped by a fanatical Hindu gang on August 25. Orissa CM who has been keeping remarkably low profile despite the state being rocked by violent religious cleansing of Christians for six weeks, now on Friday described the rape as a shameful and savage act and promised stringent action against the culprits.
Sad saga of a Christian Indian Soldier:
Hindustan Times reporter Soumyajit Pattnaik: A Christian soldier who fought in the 1999 Kargil war against Pakistan is in a refugee camp today after he and his family were driven out from their native village by Hindu mobs. Motilal Pradhan of the 244 Medium Artillery regiment lost one of his brothers when his house in the riot-ravaged Kandhamal district was set on fire on August 24.
"I have fought against ULFA (the Assam militant group), served in insurgency-infested Baramulla region and fought in Drass sector during the Kargil War. We were called Drass Devils," he told HT as he stood in the middle of the government-run refugee centre-one of the two such centres-in Bhubaneshwar. There are around 500 others like him at the centre.
"But now," Motilal said, "I cannot return to my own village."
Motilal and several others have got a message from his village: reconvert to Hinduism and then think of returning to Gadragaon.
Evangelical Fellowship of India welcomes the probe ordered in rape of a nun and request prayers that the guilty shall be brought to justice. EFI also requests prayers for the peace to be restored in Orissa.
Rev. Dr. Richard Howell
Evangelical Fellowship of India
New Delhi, India
Evangelical Fellowship of India (established 1951) is a charter member of World Evangelical Alliance, an accredited NGO with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations