» 03/27/2013, 00.00
Hindu extremists unleash more violence, an Easter without peace for Christians in India
In March, Hindu fundamentalists and police demolished a church in Chhattisgarh. The Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) calls for protection for the Holy Week celebrations.
(AsiaNews) - Even at Lent, while preparing for Easter, Christians in some parts
of India are victims of aggression and violence, denounces Sajan K. George,
president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), pointing to
attacks that took place in March in Chhattisgarh and Kerala. "This
- said the Christian leader launching an appeal to the National Human Rights
Commission (NHRC) - is the most important week of the year: the Christian
minorities should have greater protection and security."
On March 13 in
Gadia (Jagdalpur district , Chhattisgarh), a group of Hindu fundamentalists accompanied
by administrative personnel and police demolished a church, claiming it had
been built illegally. The
local community tried to intervene, but the group physically and verbally attacked
the Christians, not sparing women and children. Before
demolishing the church, the Hindu radicals and officials destroyed Bibles,
musical instruments and pews, and then desecrated other sacred objects.
A few days
earlier, on March 10, hundreds of Hindu extremists attacked a prayer service of
the Brethren Assembly Church, in the village of Chirayinkeezzh (Trivandrum district
, Kerala), beating those present with wooden sticks. One Christian
suffered serious head injuries. The
Hindus attacked the community accusing it of practicing forced conversions.
anti-Christian sentiment - warned Sajan George - bodes ill
for a peaceful and solemn religious celebration of the Lords Pasch. GCIC appeals for enhanced protection from the
administration, to enable the Christian
citizens of Secular India exercise their Consitutionally guaranteed Religious
Freedom. It is most unfortunate, that the administration
which is duty bound to protect the
citizens -themselves cohort with the extremists to unleash violence minority
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The Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), tells AsiaNews of yet another attack against the Christian minority. A group of extremists disrupted a prayer service and attacked the Reverend and faithful present with iron bars.
Karnataka, Hindu radicals against Catholic school: Do not "Christianize" the uniform
Fomented by ultra-nationalist militants, some parents protest against the Mariambika English School. The new uniforms feature the institution's logo: a depiction of Mary, whose name in the local dialect is also the name of the school. Christian leader: "shameful accusations, the school will welcome students of all religions because of the quality of education it imparts."
Hindu radicals fabricate charges against beaten preacher
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India, growing religious intolerance against Christians
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Card. Tong’s article on China-Holy See dialogue, arouses joy and dismay
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