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Sikhs attack Christian church in India

Nationalist, anti-Christian, sentiments are at a fever pitch before a coming election in India.

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India: Jim Crow laws in the world's largest democracy

India: Jim Crow laws in the world's largest democracy

Caste, race, and India's eugenic policies play a role in supressing voter rights.

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India: women die following mass sterilization surgery camp

India: women die following mass sterilization surgery camp

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More evidence emerges of abortion-cancer link

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India has miles to go in its struggle for religious tolerance

India has miles to go in its struggle for religious tolerance

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Two Catholic priests charged with murder

Two Catholic priests charged with murder

Ethnic squabbles form a background for the murder of Fr. K.J. Thomas in Karnataka.

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Paa: a beautiful film and testament to the value of human life

Paa: a beautiful film and testament to the value of human life

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Study links abortion and contraception to breast cancer

Study links abortion and contraception to breast cancer

Abortion weakens tissue in women's breasts, thus making them susceptible to carcinogenicity.

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India: Attack on Christian church augurs renewed Hindu violence

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India: Catholic bishop jailed for human rights advocacy

India: Catholic bishop jailed for human rights advocacy

In addition to Catholic Archbishop Anil Couto, two Protestant bishops - Roger Gaikwad and Alwan Masih were also arrested by police in Delhi. In addition, two Christian lay activists are being held for their human rights advocacy.

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India acquits murderers and arsonists who attack Christians

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Hindu extremists strike Assembly of God congregation twice

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Media executive dismisses nurse's death: 'shit happens'

Media executive dismisses nurse's death: 'shit happens'

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Bringing hope to the place where there is no hope

Bringing hope to the place where there is no hope

Hundreds of kids live in a slum next to Varanasi railway station in Uttar Pradesh, India. Sexually exploited and abused, kids live in unimaginable squalor where even the adults who exploit them have abandoned hope. Sister Manju intends to change that.

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India: slum parents resist liberation of enslaved children

India: slum parents resist liberation of enslaved children

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Satanists invade Catholic church in India

Satanists invade Catholic church in India

Satanists seek to desecrate the Holy Eucharist, stolen from Catholic masses, to be used in their secret rituals. They are also desecrating objects considered sacred by Muslims and Hindus.

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India: Hindus demand death or conversion for Christians

The mother of an Evangelical Christian pastor was threatened with death and dismemberment if she does not convert. A Catholic school was attacked and a convent destroyed by Hindus.

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New book sheds light on Venezuelan president's esoteric practices

New book sheds light on Venezuelan president's esoteric practices

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Catholic nun raped for a week by a cousin

Catholic nun raped for a week by a cousin

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India: Muslim parents insist Christian school allow Muslim dress

India: Muslim parents insist Christian school allow Muslim dress

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Central India aflame with attacks on Christians

Central India aflame with attacks on Christians

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India: Catholic kids in Kerala to get sex education

India: Catholic kids in Kerala to get sex education

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India: Report emerges on anti-Christian hate

India: Report emerges on anti-Christian hate

Christians in India recall the martyrdom of Pastor Graham Staines and his two young sons, who were burned to death in 1999 by Hindu nationalists. A report provides rankings of the most deadly states for Christians in India.

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Gang rape case in India signals deeper problem

Gang rape case in India signals deeper problem

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Episcopalians honor Mother Theresa of Calcutta

Episcopalians honor Mother Theresa of Calcutta

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Hindus flee persecution by Muslims in Pakistan

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India is called upon again to respect human rights

India is called upon again to respect human rights

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Christian Martyrs to be commemorated in India

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India: officials looking into infanticide by starvation

India: officials looking into infanticide by starvation

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India is increasingly seen as source of drug-resistant disease

India is increasingly seen as source of drug-resistant disease

Poor sanitation infrastructure, coupled with under-regulated anti-biotics, makes India a veritable crucible of drug-resistant bacteria.

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India: The Greta Garbo of Bollywood goes to Parliament, to teach "creativity"

This morning the famous actress Rekha was sworn in to the Rajya Sabha (Council of States or upper house). In the last month, even cricket's Sachin Tendulkar and entrepreneur Anu Aga have become deputies.

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India: Central bank moves to strengthen the rupee

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) asks exporters to convert 50 per cent of their foreign exchange holdings into rupees. They will also have to use their entire foreign exchange holdings before buying any more. Since august of last year, the rupee lost 21 per cent against the US dollar.

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India: Us: Iran: In India, Hillary Clinton urges an end to oil imports from Iran

New Delhi must avoid the "devastating" effect of an Iranian atomic bomb on the world. During an official visit, the US secretary of state says India's slowness in reducing trade with Iran is unacceptable. Iran supplies 12 per cent of India's oil needs.

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India: Thousands of Christians dropped from voters' rolls in Madhya Pradesh

For Isai Mahasangh, an ecumenical Christian forum, the ultranationalist Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party is trying to favour its candidates in state and federal elections scheduled for 2013 and 2014 respectively. The names of some 10,000 Christians have disappeared from each voters' lists in Jabalpur, ...

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The emerging rivalry of China and India

The emerging rivalry of China and India

India and the U.S. may never become allies, but the rivalry between India and China may serve U.S. interests.

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India Declares Tea Its National Beverage

Officials in India have declared that tea will be formally named the country's national drink.

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India deports Jewish writer connected to Islamist groups

India deports Jewish writer connected to Islamist groups

Susan Nathan is the author of 'The Other Side of Israel', and has been associated with banned Islamist groups in India.

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India: Villagers attack police who prevented child marriages

India: Villagers attack police who prevented child marriages

In the Jhalawar District of Rajasthan, 30 minors were being illegally married in a group.

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California: Gender-selective abortions

California: Gender-selective abortions

Americans tracing their origins to China, India, and Korea have relatively few daughters. Why?

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India: New Delhi successfully launches "China Killer" nuclear missile

The Agni-V launched this morning at 8:05 (local time) in Orissa, reached its target in 20 minutes, a point off Indonesia. Test Director described launch as "perfect." With a range of over 5 thousand kilometers, the missile can reach Beijing and Shanghai.

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India: The 7 years of Benedict XVI: The Church in India is on a mission

Before with John Paul II, and especially today with Pope Ratzinger, the Church in India has changed from being a "needy" Church to one that "goes" on mission. The Archbishop of Mumbai Card. Oswald Gracias traces the path of the Indian Church in the years of the papacy of Benedict XVI: New ...

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India: New Delhi ready to launch a nuclear missile that can reach China

The Agni-V will have a range of over 5 thousand miles and can reach all of Asia and some parts of Europe. If the launch proves successful, India will become the seventh country with intercontinental ballistic missiles in its arsenal, along with the United States, Russia, Britain, China, France and ...

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Sudan: Oil and blood on the sand

Sudan: Oil and blood on the sand

Sudanese are killing each other over oil, as investors in China, Malaysia and India look on.

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Abandoned baby girls found in India

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India: All indian schools to reserve 25 per cent of seats for poor children

Ruling by Supreme Court upholds the principle, but unaided minority schools are excluded. The legal decision clarifies the Right to Education Act, a law that establishes free compulsory education for children from 6 to 14 years of age.

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India: For Card Gracias, Easter strengthens the faith, favour inter faith dialogue

The freely and informed baptism some people underwent on the eve of Easter shows that the Church is alive, that Jesus is alive and that Christianity is alive. Jesus' message is always alive and always brings peace and joy. Every Christian has drawn strength from the historic event of the ...

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India: For the first time, 10,000 Christians and Hindus celebrate Easter together in Orissa

A 12-hour prayer service and cultural meetings are held in a Catholic school in Kandhamal. Together, people from all walks of life sang, read the Bible, prayed and took part in small recitals. Catholic priest says, we brought "our unity" to "bear our Christian witness to all".

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India: native peoples protest against destructive mining operations

India: native peoples protest against destructive mining operations

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Sold-out guide to Muslim couples advises beating wives

Sold-out guide to Muslim couples advises beating wives

Just a light tap on the neck will do.

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India: Day for Life in India: woman burnt alive by her husband for giving birth to two girls

It happened yesterday in West Bengal. Meanwhile in Mumbai, 400 people attended a rally to celebrate the event. Bishop Agnelo Gracias, President of the Diocesan Commission for human life: "It is in giving that we receive. Jesus died on the cross to give us life. "

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India Issues Warrants For 3 Iranians Over Israeli Diplomat Attack

A New Delhi court has issued arrest warrants for three Iranian nationals believed to be involved in last month's attack on an Israeli diplomat's car.

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India Arrests Suspect In Israel Bomb Plot

Police in India have announced the arrest of a suspect in connection with last month's bomb attack targeting an Israeli diplomat's car in New Delhi.

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India to build replica of Cambodia's famed Angkor Wat

India to build replica of Cambodia's famed Angkor Wat

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India: Italy: As India and Italy show maximum cooperation, results from ballistic tests are expected

In the presence of an Italian delegation, Indian experts conduct tests on weapons seized on the Enrica Lexie. Four boxes contain two machine guns, six rifles, 18 pistols and six bulletproof vests. Indian human rights activist says, "Italians also have a right to justice."

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India: For Card Alencherry, India's Church unites peoples and cultures

His Beatitude George Alencherry, major archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly of the Syro-Malabar Church (Kerala), is one of the 22 new cardinals created by Benedict XVI. In India, globalisation is widening the gap between rich and poor and the Church, "through its educational and social services, in ...

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India: After Europe, the crisis hits the Indian economy

In 2011-2012 marks 6.9%, compared with 8.4% last year. Decline in industrial production and mining sector growth slows. Service sector is at 9.4%, compared to 9.3% in 2010-2011. The Indian Ministry of Finance defines the data "disappointing" but "not surprising, given the global economic situation."

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India: High Court in Kashmir stays proceedings against Rev Khanna, but his life is in danger

The authorities had laid charges against the Anglican clergyman after an Islamic court accused him proselytising and forced conversions. For Sajan George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), the life of the Anglican pastor “is still in danger”. Three of the seven converts ...

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India: TV series about Indian Christians to be aired in Karnataka

Titled ‘Rabbi’, the series is in Kannada, Karnataka’s official language. The show’s producer wants to “promote communal harmony” by showing the daily “challenges Christian families face”.

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India: Elderly man beaten to death by women in court room

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India: ‘National Girl Child Day’ against selective abortions and female infanticide

One girl in 13 does not reach the age of six. A member of the Pontifical Academy for Life says that “socio-cultural factors” are at the root of gender discrimination. The Catholic Church adopts strategies to “protect and promote girls.”

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India: Website to mark 125 years since the founding of Calcutta archdiocese

Established by Pope Leo XIII on 1 September 1886, the archdiocese now includes seven dioceses, and is served by 224 priests, 125 brothers and 350 nuns. To mark the occasion, the archdiocese opened a hospital for the poor affected by leprosy, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.

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India: Impunity for Hindus who murder Christians

India: Impunity for Hindus who murder Christians

Authorities in India have released a suspect in the murder of a Christian human rights activist. No clues on murderers.

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India: For Verbites, India is a Church with a global mission

Hundreds of worshipers celebrate in Mumbai the feast of St Arnold Janssen, founder of the Society of the Divine Word in 1875. Today, the Verbites have 901 members of Indian origin, 676 in India and 225 in 43 countries, including an archbishop in Zimbabwe.

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India: Christian children especially vulnerable to attacks by Hindus

India: Christian children especially vulnerable to attacks by Hindus

Persecution of Christians by Hindu radicals is expected to grow in 2012.

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Kashmir: Indian Christians in a panic over Islamist persecution

Kashmir: Indian Christians in a panic over Islamist persecution

Two Christian missionaries to be sentenced by Islamic court in India. Tiny Christian community panicked by Islamists in Kashmir in officially secularist India.

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India: Baptist pastor arrested under false pretenses

India: Baptist pastor arrested under false pretenses

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India: No justice for Christians raped and murdered

India: No justice for Christians raped and murdered

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India: Our Lady of Velankanni, the "Lourdes of the East" celebrates 50 years

An hour of prayer a day throughout 2012. John XXIII elevated the shrine in Tamil Nadu to basilica, November 3, 1962. During the 2005 tsunami, the "Lourdes of the East" saved the lives of people who were inside.

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India: The modern Herod who kills children and violates religious freedom

Card. Oswald Gracias, president of the Bishops' Conference of India, on the feast of Holy Innocents. Feticide and female infanticide, anti-Christian persecution and corruption destroy Christ and human life.

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India: A Christmas of peace in a year of persecution

In 2011, 170 anti-Christian attacks at the hands of Hindu extremists. Murder, mutilation, destroyed churches, burned Bibles and desecrated graves the most common episodes. The President of the Global Council of Indian Christians: "The crib is the essence of Christmas, and all the houses are small ...

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Cult leader wins distinction for his 39 wives

Cult leader wins distinction for his 39 wives

Cult leader Zionnghaka Chana sees no obstacle to having one big happy family, with 39 wives.

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India: A catechist killed in Orissa: Hindu radicals are playing with terror

Rabindra Parichaa, a well-known Christian activist in Kandhamal region, scene of violent attacks in the recent past, was found dead under mysterious circumstances. He is the third Christian leader killed this year. The police, who, conniving with the radicals, try to pass the killings off as ...

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India: Eight arrests after selective female abortion racket uncovered

A couple of doctors and their support staff ran the racket. According to India’s 2011 census, the country’s sex ratio is just 940 females per 1000 males, more skewed in cities than in rural areas. According to a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, men will outnumber women by 20 per cent in ...

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India: Some 200 Catholic and Hindu youth sing together in sacred music festival

Choirs from eight parishes in the Mumbai Archdiocese took part in the event, which is at its eight edition. For the president of the International Federation of Pueri Cantores, sacred music can be a tool of evangelisation in India.

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Unseen Manipur rejuvenated in advance of politicians' visit

Unseen Manipur rejuvenated in advance of politicians' visit

Indian PM Singh and President Gandhi visit Manipur. Fresh paint and flowers are being applied. Will they notice the pot-holes and poverty?

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India's mistaken population policy

India's mistaken population policy

Kerala State is posed with the 'Women's Code Bill', which would limit each woman to two children.

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India: Christians demand investigation of church arson

India: Christians demand investigation of church arson

Christians are united in Maharashtra State in India in demanding a probe of the gutting of a 150-year-old Christian church.

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India: Muslims open Pandora's Box with arrest of Christian pastor

India: Muslims open Pandora's Box with arrest of Christian pastor

Rev. Chander Mani Khanna of Srinigar has been arrested following a complaint by a Muslim mufti that the pastor of All Saints Church had engaged in prosyletism. The Muslim Ulema has remained silent, while the Christian community remains tolerant.

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India: Fragile unity marred by arrest of a Christian pastor

India: Fragile unity marred by arrest of a Christian pastor

Implications of the arrest of a Christian pastor in Kashmir, India: Conversions, Shariah kangaroo courts, the law of the land and fragile unity of minorities. Rev. Khanna has been summoned to appear before an Islamic sharia court.

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India: Great Prayer Meeting between different faiths in Varanasi: "Only the truth wins"

Thousands of followers of different religions attended the Satsang Convention, at Matri Dham Ashram, from 11 to 13 November. The rally is now in its 15th edition. Many testimonies of physical and spiritual healing.

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India: 31 people sentenced to life imprisonment over Gujarat massacres

The ruling relates to Sardarpura disorders, in which 33 Muslims, including 22 women, were killed. 73 accused stood trail in the case. The incident is among the many episodes of violence which erupted after the Godhra train burning in 2002, in which 50 Hindus were killed.

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India: 31 people sentenced to death over Gujarat massacres

The ruling relates to Sardarpura disorders, in which 33 Muslims, including 22 women, were killed. 73 accused stood trail in the case. The incident is among the many episodes of violence which erupted after the Godhra train burning in 2002, in which 50 Hindus were killed.

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INDIA – MIDDLE EAST Indian migrant workers exploited and enslaved in Arab countries

More than a million Indians live in the Gulf region. Often, employers take away their papers, including residency permits, forcing them to live as illegal aliens. Each year, thousands of migrants go missing. A Kerala TV station airs their cases and helps families find their loved ones.

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India: Ethnic and religious minorities seek guarantees of protection

India: Ethnic and religious minorities seek guarantees of protection

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INDIA - VATICAN Card Ravasi: Grafting ethics onto a world economy led by India and China

At a seminar titled “Towards a Strong Global Economic System: Revealing the Logic of Gratuitousness in the Market Economy”, discussions will focus on the challenges of progress: globalisation, social injustice, dehumanising exploitation and materialism. For Card Gianfranco Ravasi, president ...

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Cardinal Tauran calls for religious tolerance on the part of Hindus

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India: Christians rescue girls from prostitution

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