India - Police canes Christians demanding equal rights for Dalits
On December 11th 2013, around 3,000 peaceful protesters, including bishops, priests and nuns and lay men and women, who chose to march to the Parliament demanding equal rights for dalit Christians and Muslims were caned and water-cannoned by Delhi Police. Protesters, including women, braved the assault. The Bishops (shepherds) accompanied and stood by their flocks. Bishop of Nellore was even manhandled when he was about to begin a sit-in on the road. One of the protesters said: "We wanted the Central Government to furnish a reply to the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) before the Supreme Court, but they sent the police to beat us on the streets!" Read more...