Christopher Joseph, New Delhi
Water cannon used on archbishops, senior clergy and nuns marching for Dalit rights
Police in Delhi baton-charged and fired water cannons at dozens of bishops, priests and nuns before making several arrests on Wednesday during a protest to demand an end to Christian Dalit discrimination.
Archbishop Anil Couto of Delhi was among those arrested.
At least 10 nuns and two lay leaders were injured in the crackdown, which resulted when Christians defied police orders and insisted on marching on the capital's parliament building.
The archbishop along with several other bishops and lay leaders were taken to a local police station and later released.
The Delhi archdiocese later condemned what they said were heavy handed police tactics.
Lawyers are getting ready to "file a criminal case against the police for their brutal action," a Delhi archdiocese statement said.
"We were not insisting on marching on parliament, but ... we defied police orders as a mark of civil disobedience," said Catholic lay leader John Dayal, who took part in the rally.