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    » 10/12/2011, 00.00

    INDIA

    Karnataka, six more Christians in prison for forced conversions

    Nirmala Carvalho

    Activists of the Sangh Parivar (Hindu ultra-nationalist movement) attack and report the men to police as they prayed in their homes. Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians, "police collusion." It is the 37th anti-Christian case since the beginning of year.
    Mumbai (AsiaNews) - In the district of Coorg (Karnataka), six members of the Full Gospel Church Christians are in prison, accused of practicing forced conversions. Local police arrested the men on a complaint filed by a group of activists from the Sangh Parivar (Hindu ultra-nationalist movement), who attacked the Christians as they prayed. "This is the 37th anti-Christian incident in Karnataka since the beginning of the year - says Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) – it reflects the growing extremism in the country and it is an embarrassment for secular India."

    According to a GCIC report, the six Christians - Appacchu, 30; Sharanu, 22; Ganesh, 22; Mani, 26; Raghu, 27; Mani, 45 - were in a private home for prayer, when a group of activists stormed the house . After having insulted them and destroying their bikes, they called the police, who arrested them and dragged them to the Siddapura police station.

    According to Sajan K George "now the police collude with the extremists to terrorize Christians and quickly arrest them on false allegations. This situation of public policy destabilizes peace and harmony in society. " Moreover, "the six Christians –he notes- all work in coffee plantations: they are poor and often exploited. However, the power of the Gospel brings hope in their lives and gives them self-esteem. This angers the extremists, whose sole purpose is to subjugate and exploit them to their advantage. "

    A magistrate has registered the complaint under Article. 295 / A of the Indian Penal Code (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to offend the religious or class feelings by insulting religion or religious belief). If the sentence is confirmed, the six men face up to three years in prison and a fine.

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    27/09/2010 INDIA
    Karnataka: police arrest Pentecostal pastor beaten by Hindu extremists
    During Sunday service Hindu extremists stormed the church, beat the Pastor, insulted and threatened those present. The police then arrested the pastor, on charges of having converted people. Anti-Christian violence a daily occurrence in the region.

    09/11/2010 INDIA
    The daily persecution of Orissa’s Christians
    Forced conversions, prohibition of buying goods in shops, the faithful have to live in half-ruined houses without roofs and dirt floors: in In Kandhamal violence against Christians is "normal". The authorities do not intervene. The report of a special fact-finding group.

    05/01/2011 INDIA
    Karnataka: pastor who narrowly escaped murder is arrested
    The Hindu extremists responsible for the attack have accused him of "Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion," and he has been arrested, although it still seriously injured. The Global Council of Indian Christians condemns the collusion between radicals and police at local level.

    12/01/2011 INDIA
    Karnataka, pastor attacked calls for government protection
    Isaac Samuel, who escaped a deadly attack on January 2, rejects the charges of inciting religious hatred and demands that the government allow him to pray in safety. He denounces police injustice against nomadic Christians.

    26/07/2012 INDIA
    Karnataka, more anti-Christian violence. An appeal to the new president of India
    Since 2012, 20 incidents perpetrated in the State by ultra-nationalist Hindus. The latest victims are six Pentecostal Christian families (Gadag district) and an evangelical community (Bijapur district), attacked in the privacy of their homes. False accusations of forced conversion trigger violence.



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