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Andhra Pradesh: rising anti-Christian violence by radical Hindus
Sajan George, national president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), sounds the alarm bells. Fundamentalist group Hindu Vahini is of particular concern. In mid-January, one of its members stabbed to death an evangelical clergyman. According to the GCIC leader, anti-Christian violence is likely to become "more brutal" as India's general elections approach.
Kandhamal (Orissa): man killed, dozens of Christians' homes burned
The police have sent an additional 700 officers, but the violence continues. Interior minister: the attacks against the Christians are "systematic". It is feared that the violence is also motivated by the upcoming elections, and could last until May of 2009.
Two churches attacked in the State of Karnataka
Hindu extremists are blamed for this morning’s attacks in the dioceses of Mysore and Karwar. The Holy Family Parish Church was attacked in Inkal (Mysore diocese); it had been also attacked by a group of 70 Hindus in 2002. Christians are increasingly worried.
Communal violence legislation, a matter “of life and death” for millions of Indians
India’s federal Home Affairs minister is seeking quick approval for the Communal Violence Bill, which will impose harsher penalties on those guilty of stoking inter-religious conflict. However, Fr C. Prakash, a front-line minority rights advocate, opposes the draft proposal because it does not prevent collusion between politicians and police in communal crimes.
Karnataka: 39 anti-Christian attacks in 2012
The information came from the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC). The latest episodes were reported last Friday. A group of Muslim radicals were responsible for an attack in Bellary District; members of the Hindu nationalist Bajrang Dal struck in Kolar District. "Fears in Karnataka have been reignited," GCIC head said.
More anti-Christian violence in Orissa; school attacked in Kerala
A Christian has been killed and dozens of homes have been burned. Police are clashing with Hindu militants. The tension is spreading in Kerala, and remains high in Karnataka, where the government is accused of conniving with the fundamentalists.
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