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Armed Hindu extremists attack Christian funeral in Chhattisgarh
The incident took place on 6 June in Bacheli, Bastar District. Nine members of a Protestant Church were injured. Police did not intervene. Global Council of Indian Christian President Sajan George expresses his outrage.
(AsiaNews) - Anti-Christian violence continues in Chhattisgarh, a state ruled
by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). On Wednesday, armed
Hindu extremists attacked a group of Christians from the Bastar Christ Movement
Church in Bacheli (Bastar District) where they were celebrating the funeral of
the daughter of Rev Shankarlal Karma, head of the congregation.
incident occurred at 8.30 am. According to some eyewitnesses, the group of
radical Hindus approached the funeral procession armed with knives and sticks
and began insulting the hundred or so Christians present at the event.
the mourners were close to the cemetery, the extremists attacked them, forcing people
to flee. In order to prevent the rite, the fanatics filled in the grave.
of maintaining security, police convinced the family of the dead teenager to
bury her in the Christian cemetery of the town of Bacheli.
the service, Rev Shankarlal Karma filed a complaint with the local police
station. So far, agents have identified ten people involved in the attack.
3 August 2006, Chhattisgarh has had an anti-conversion law requiring would-be
converts to communicate their intention to a district magistrate. Anyone violating
this rule could be fined 50-100,000 rupees and be sentenced up to three years
same thing applies to anyone involved in "forced conversions".
Council of Indian Christians president Sajan George said the law is a bane on
the state's Christian communities.
extremists use it to harass religious minorities," he said. The BJP
administration has done nothing to stop acts of violence and allows fanatics to
attack Christians and destroy their churches and properties.
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Sajan George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), highlights the problem. More anti-Christian attacks are reported in the states of Chhattisgarh and Karnataka, which are governed by the Hindu nationalist NJP. Anti-conversion laws and lack of justice have created a climate of terror for Christians.
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