» 12/02/2006, 00.00
At least 200 attacks against Christians in 2006
The attacks were denounced by the Global Council of Indian Christians, which held a rally today in Bangalore to call for respect of religious freedom in the country. The council supplied a list of attacks against Christians, who are targeted by Hindu and Muslim fundamentalists.
Christian shrine desecrated
Fundamentalists had not yet targeted the area, but our answer to violence will be fasting and prayers, says Bishop of Jabalpur.
Authorities to tear down 109 homes belonging to Christian Tribals in Orissa
A Hindu fundamentalist group is behind the measure. "Fundamentalists are continuously plotting schemes to instil terror in the minds of these poor folks," says Bishop Bilung. With the monsoons on their way, evicted Tribals do not have time to find shelter.
A Hindu al-Qaeda, religious fundamentalism as a political tool
We want the government to condemn fanatical organisations and provide minorities much needed legal protection, Catholic leader John Dayal says.
Rajasthan nationalists present anti-conversion bill again
The bill had been sent back to Parliament without the governor's signature; she asked that it be submitted to the President's attention, because "it seems to affect people's fundamental right of religious freedom". The bishop of Jaipur told AsiaNews: "We pray that God may enlighten those who must decide about such an act."
Rajasthan governor refuses to sign anti-conversion bill
The State's religious minorities have welcomed the decision with "joy and gratitude", but Nationalist Hindus say: "She was obliged to sign the decree; this is an insult to democracy".
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