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    INDIA

    Karnataka: four Christian’s arrested, later released, on charges of forced conversions

    Nirmala Carvalho

    The women had visited a family of another religion. Some villagers called the police, claiming they had seen them "put pressure, laying siege to the house." The President of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC): "The Hindu nationalist forces want to spread a feeling of suspicion towards Christians."

    Mumbai (AsiaNews) - Four Christians were arrested yesterday in Pulittadi, in Karnataka, on the basis of false accusations of forced conversions. Some locals reported the women after seeing them visit a family in the village, belonging to another religion. According to the crowd who rushed to the scene, the four tried to "influence the family to convert, laying siege to the house."

    The accused are Shirley, Mini, Leelamma and Shubha. Suresh Atramajalu, a member of the local administration, told police he had seen them handing out leaflets about Christianity and trying to convince people they met to convert. The police took them into custody and questioned them for two hours before releasing them.

    Contacted by AsiaNews, Sajan George - President of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) - considers the charges against the four Christian "a matter of serious concern, because not only did they target innocent faithful, but are likely to tear the fabric of society. The Hindu nationalist forces want to spread a feeling of suspicion towards Christians. "

    Conversions to Christianity, he recalls, "are valid only if freely undertaken by the individual. Yet, the accusations were false, saying that the women were putting pressure on people, and with the complicity of the authorities they were arrested".

     

     

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    30/06/2011 INDIA
    Karnataka: two pastors assaulted and arrested on false accusations of forced conversions
    They were ambushed by 10 Hindu radicals while returning from the house of a religious believer. Insults, threats and beatings, then the complaint and arrest. The Global Council of Indian Christians: "Complicity between extremists and the government."

    29/08/2011 INDIA
    Karnataka, 4 Christians arrested over "door to door" forced conversions
    According to the police they were proselytizing among the Dalits and poor Hindus. Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians: "The situation is alarming. The Dalits are empowered by Christian prayer and Hindus are afraid of this. "

    15/11/2008 INDIA
    50,000 Hindu fundamentalists demonstrate in favor of religious intolerance
    The government of Orissa permits a march calling for "an end to the conversions." Meanwhile, in Bangalore, three Christians are arrested under the false accusation of inducing conversion. The AICC provides updated figures on anti-Christian violence.

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    Varanasi: Hindu fanatics destroy Christian school, shelter for widows

    The attack took place yesterday in Danupura in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. The mob looted the buildings and accused the two Protestants who run them of proselytism. Local Catholics say the real reason for all this is the land on which the buildings stand.



    19/04/2006 INDIA
    Christian groups against approval of Rajasthan anti-conversion bill

    John Dayal, a well-known human rights activist, has written an open letter to the State governor, urging her to "use her legislative powers to reject the decree and to prevent it from becoming law".





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