6 March, 2015 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile





mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 08/25/2011
INDIA
Hindu radicals threaten more anti-Christian pogroms in Karnataka
According to the Prashanti Human Rights Centre, Christians in this state fear a repeat of the 2008 violence. Police engages in ambiguous behaviour as it keeps files on Protestant clergyman.

Mangalore (AsiaNews) – The Prashanti Human Rights Centre warns that three years after the bloody pogroms in Orissa, another Indian state could see more of the same, especially since Hindu radicals were responsible for local attacks and violence in September 2008. In fact, panic is now spreading among Karnataka Christians because of rumours that Hindu fundamentalists are planning a new wave of violence (see Nirmala Carvalho, “Karnataka, Hindu protesters incite the massacre of Christians, in AsiaNews, 21 August 2007).

Rumours began circulating earlier this week after police started calling local clergymen on 18 August asking them to register their prayer houses at the nearest police station, this according to Fr Ronnie Prabhu, SJ, general secretary of the Karnataka United Christian Forum for Human Rights.

Police, he said, wanted the clergymen to get permission from the district commissioner before holding gatherings and to tell them how many people regularly attended their services.

Most of the clergymen belong to the Karnataka Mission Network, an association of 27 Pentecostal churches in the state. Its president, Rev Walter Maben, said 70 pastors were contacted this way and were told that without registration, police would not be able to protect their prayer houses and that any gathering would be deemed illegal.

“The pastors were told to follow the instructions to the letter or they would be in danger,” Fr Prabhu said. However, when a pastor of an unaffiliated church went to the commissioner’s office, he was told that no orders requiring registration were ever issued.

Citing police sources, Fr Prabhu said that some Hindu groups plan to mark the anniversary of the 2008 attacks with a repeat performance.

The police apparently are showing concern, he explained, but also appear to be “laying down impossible conditions so that they can’t be held responsible” if any attacks occur.

The violence that broke out in September 2008 in Karnataka saw a series of attacks on Christians and 24 Church buildings. Hindu extremists had accused Christians of performing conversions in the state.

In April of this year, Hindu hardliners attacked three Christian homes for children. Last week, a group of 20 extremists attacked a Pentecostal clergyman, Rev Sangappa Hosamani Shadrak, for conducting prayer services in his house (see Nirmala Carvalho, “Hindu radicals ransack churches, beat up clergyman in Karnataka,” in AsiaNews, 22 August 2011).

e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
08/22/2011 INDIA
Hindu radicals ransack churches, beat up clergyman in Karnataka
by Nirmala Carvalho
02/25/2009 INDIA
Government blocks rebuilding of church in Orissa
by Nirmala Carvalho
10/16/2008 INDIA
Sangh Parivar wants to remove every Christian trace in Orissa
by Nirmala Carvalho
12/22/2010 INDIA
Orissa, Hindu radicals threaten a Christmas pogrom against Christians
by Nirmala Carvalho
10/10/2008 INDIA
Indian activist: Massacre of Christians planned in advance
by Nirmala Carvalho

Editor's choices
EGYPT - ISLAM
What Tayeb and Sisi said is big step towards a revolution in Islam
by Samir Khalil SamirThe grand imam of Al-Azhar slammed literalist interpretations of the Qur'an and the Sunnah, as fundamentalists and Islamic terrorists do. He supports the urgent need for Islam's reform, especially in terms of teaching lay people and clerics. He also calls for an end to mutual excommunication (takfir) between Sunnis and Shias. Egyptian President al-Sisi chose to fight the Islamic state group after it beheaded 21 Coptic Christians, whom he called "Egyptian citizens" with full rights.
SAUDI ARABIA - ISLAM
For head of Al-Azhar, religious education reform is needed to stop Islamic extremismFor Ahmed al-Tayeb, it is urgent to come up with new educational programmes to avoid "corrupt interpretations" of the Qur'an and Sunnah. Islamic terrorism undermines the unity of the Muslim world. He blames Mideast tensions on a "new global colonialism allied to world Zionism". a speech by the Saudi king is read at the conference.
HONG KONG - CHINA - VATICAN
It looks like someone is trying to shout us down
by Card. Joseph Zen Ze-kiunThe widespread optimism concerning the dialogue between the Holy See and China is largely groundless. Some Chinese bishops unable to speak freely are asked "leading" questions. The key issues remain unresolved, namely episcopal appointments and the fate of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association. Benedict XVI's Letter to Chinese Catholics, also cited by Pope Francis, provides guidelines. No agreement is better than a bad agreement. What happened to Msgr. Cosma Shi Enxiang and Msgr. James Su Zhimin? Hong Kong's bishop emeritus, champion of religious freedom in China, delivers a vibrant reflection.

Dossier

by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.