Attacks by Hindus Focus of Protest

September 26, 2008

Author: Julia Duin

Source: The Washington Times

About 100 people, holding signs protesting Hindu-on-Christian violence in the Indian state of Orissa, demonstrated in front of the White House on Thursday to get the attention of visiting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Although there was no sign that anyone in Mr. Singh's motorcade even saw the drenched crowd of Indians and Americans clustered under a forest of umbrellas, several of those standing in Lafayette Park waved signs such as "Stop the Gang Rape of Nuns" and "Shame on India."

"The government is taking no action," said Christy John, an Indian pharmacologist with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration who clutched a sign saying "Stop the Killing of Priests and Nuns."

"The police know beforehand of the attacks but they show up after the fact."

At least 26 people have died and 3,000 Christian homes have been destroyed along with 134 houses of worship, according to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, which on Monday asked President Bush to press Mr. Singh to stop the monthlong killing spree.