It's not new news:
"More than 60% of Christians in Tamil Nadu are Dalits - most converted hoping to find more freedom. But they still have very little voice and are largely shunned in the church.
They again find themselves humiliated, with separate pews, services, churches, corteges, enclosures in cemeteries and so on.
Even in areas where they are in a majority, Dalits continue to languish
Recently a tentative effort was made in a village called Erayur to integrate the Dalits in all the services.
But a group of Christians protested and threatened to go back to Hinduism if the Catholic church went ahead with its initiatives.
The diocese had to back down. Right now it is trying to persuade the protesting group to re-open the church they had locked in the first flush of the protest.
But they appear to want an undertaking that the church would not do anything to "hurt" their sentiments. "
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