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Prelate seeks redress for Orissa victims
Published Date: September 16, 2010
Archbishop Raphael Cheenath has asked Orissa state to form an independent committee to assess the compensation being paid to victims of the 2008 anti-Christian violence.

The archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneshawar met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sept. 14 and said that while assessing the compensation, the committee should also consider the opinion of victims.

In a memorandum submitted to Patnaik, the archbishop said compensation should not only include houses, but also household items.

The Hindu extremist violence, which lasted from September to December 2008, killed 93 people and left some 50,000 people homeless. Some 6,500 houses, 350 churches and 45 health and educational institutes were destroyed, burnt or looted.

The compensation given to the churches and people was not adequate because it amounted to about “one-tenth of the total cost” of re-building, the archbishop said.

He also asked the state government to ensure the safe return of those displaced during the violence and rehabilitate them according to UN guidelines.

The archbishop noted that about 3,500 people are still living in temporary shelters in different villages of the state.

The memorandum demanded a waiver of loans taken during and after the violence since people had no employment.

He also spoke about the trafficking of poor women from violence-affected areas and asked the government to stop Orissa from becoming “an established flesh trade center.”

He said that the communal violence was the result of a hate campaign going on in the state.

Source: ucanews.com

 
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Archbishop Raphael Cheenath at a press conference (file photo)
 
 
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