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    » 06/30/2011, 00.00

    INDIA

    Karnataka: two pastors assaulted and arrested on false accusations of forced conversions

    Nirmala Carvalho

    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."
    New Delhi (AsiaNews) - "Once again, false accusations of forced conversions, with the complicity of Hindu radicals and administration: enough!". This is the condemnation of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), after the lastest episode against Christians. On June 28 police arrested two Pentecostal pastors of independent churches in the district of Hubli (Karnataka), on charges of forced conversions laid by a group of Hindu radicals. The complaints involve three sections of the Criminal Code: 295A, hurting religious sentiments, 447, violation of private property, 341, unlawful coercion.

    About 10 people, members of the Bajrang Dal (youth wing of the VHP - Vishwa Hindu Parishad, the Hindu extremist organization), ambushed Pastor M. Sandeep, 28, and brother Isaac, 32, while returning from a pastoral service. They angrily questioned them and accused of trying to convert Hindus to Christianity. After being searched for Christian texts and objects, the two were beaten and insulted. Then, the attackers called the police, who took the men away. According to witnesses, the two religous were be left without food until evening, and then the arrest and the charges were validated.

    "This is not an isolated case, it is the routine," says Sajan K George, president of the GCIC. "The Karnataka police received complaints and proceed without any further investigation to their arrest. So many Christians throughout Karnataka have already faced false accusations of forced or fraudulent conversions. Other Christians instead receive threats, are beaten or disturbed during prayer. " The GCIC is in contact with the victims and their lawyers, to ensure them maximum support.

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    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. "

    09/09/2008 INDIA
    Orissa: no peace for Christians even in refugee camps
    Even in the camps, the faithful find fundamentalists who coerce them to convert to Hinduism. Priests also threatened and abused.

    24/11/2014 INDIA
    Karnataka, Hindu radicals attack a Pentecostal church: eight injured, two serious
    The Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) condemns the latest attack against a Christian community: "Religious fundamentalists are a threat to the rule of law." Instead of stopping the attackers, police arrest a Christian pastor.

    03/10/2011 INDIA
    Karnataka, police force closure of two Pentecostal churches
    It happened in the districts of Hassan and Bangalore. Behind reports from Hindu extremists, local police accused the pastors of not having permission to worship and of practicing forced conversions. Since the beginning of 2011, 36 anti-Christian incidents in Karnataka. Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC): "Reign of terror against the Christian minority continues."

    12/01/2012 INDIA
    Karnataka, 20 Christians attacked on false charges of forced conversion
    The Pentecostal pastor of the Agape Church has lost a finger. A man and a woman seriously injured in the leg and head. Hindu nationalists raided a private home. Sajan George, the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC): "assaulting a woman, exceeds any standards of decency. Christian’s safety in their own homes at risk in Karnataka. "



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