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India state elections: ten Christians running for office in Madhya Pradesh
BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh begins voting on 27 November. Some Christians are running as candidates in a number of parties.
Press conference on anti-Christian violence disrupted by Hindu activists
A group of men forced their way into the conference room shouting and thrashing the place. The two women raped on May 28 for not abjuring Christianity were present at the press conference.
Hindu radicals set fire to Jabalpur cathedral, threaten new attacks in Madhya Pradesh
Dharm Raksha Sena groups dare parish priest to stop their action. More destruction is planned. Violence is tied to BJP election campaign. Gathering is to take place tomorrow, bringing Christians, Muslims, Sikhs and moderate Hindus together in Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh).
Madhya Pradesh: teaching all religions in school in order to promote peace
Fr Anand Muttungal, head of public relations for the Bishops’ Conference of Madhya Pradesh, appeals to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, from the BJP, hoping that his request in favour of the separation of state and religion be heard.
Hindu extremists slander the Church but send their children to Church-run schools
False charges of "forced conversions" are levelled at a Catholic priest. For the local bishop, this is a plot by Hindu extremists, backed by the state government that provides the legal instruments. Behind it, there is an attempt by extremists to get free access to high-status Catholic schools.
Madhya Pradesh: Hindu fundamentalists attack Christians even in the privacy of their homes
In two separate incidents, Pentecostal clergymen are accused of forced conversions. For the president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), India's constitution guarantees freedom of worship and praying at home does not violate the penal code.
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