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    Madhya Pradesh, the government cancels a Christian gathering for disturbing the peace

    Nirmala Carvalho

    Decision comes after pressure from Hindu radicals, to protest marriage between a Christian boy and a Hindu girl. Although the couple was tracked down and separated, the event still canceled.

    Mumbai (AsiaNews) - "A travesty of justice that affects the Christian minority, under pressure from Hindu nationalists and with the tacit agreement of the administration". This is how Sajan George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), reacts to the recent position taken by the Government of Madhya Pradesh in banning a Christian gathering for "disturbing the peace". In fact, behind this choice there are several radical Hindu organizations, who are protesting the marriage of a Christian boy with a Hindu girl.

    Organized by the All India Christian United Front (Aiuf) and Moksha Foundation (Mf), the "Massihi Atmik Jagruti Sabha" was supposed to start on October 1st, in an agricultural field two kilometers from Jorbat (Alirajpur district), the couple's home town. On September 30, however, the authorities canceled the rally, after several nationalist groups threatened to start an " indefinite protest" until the two were found and the girl "returned" to her family.

    Joseph Pawar and Ayushi Wani were arrested in Gujarat - where they had gone to get married - on 1st October and brought back to Jorbat. The police declared the marriage "invalid". However, Ayushi refused to return to her parents and was brought to the Nari Niketan Trust, an association that welcomes and supports women who are widowed, divorced and poor.

    Although the groups were able to separate the two young people, the authorities did not allow the rally to take place as scheduled.

    "Christians - Sajan George told AsiaNews - are not only law-abiding citizens, but also peace-loving and engaged in mutual tolerance and peaceful coexistence". According to the president of the GCIC, with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP Hindu nationalist) in power " justice is denied to the Christian community".

    The BJP is in power in the central government of India and those of several states, including Madhya Pradesh.


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    31/07/2014 INDIA
    Madhya Pradesh: government "encourages" radical Hindus to persecute Christians
    Reported to AsiaNews by Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC). In June and July there have been numerous attacks against the minority. In all cases the extremists are using the weapon of the "anti-conversion law" to threaten the faithful and Christian religious leaders.

    18/11/2008 INDIA
    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.

    07/11/2014 INDIA
    Madhya Pradesh: Hindu radicals beat eight Christians, have them arrested
    Bajrang Dal activists take advantage of the state's anti-conversion law to attack a small Pentecostal community. For the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), "it is essential that Hindu and Christian leaders engage in an active dialogue and genuine collaboration."

    13/09/2011 INDIA
    Madhya Pradesh: Pentecostal pastors and 11 Hindus who wanted baptism arrested
    Five activists of the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) and the police tried to convince the faithful to file a false complaint against the pastor, on charges of forced conversions. The 11 rejected. GCIC: " Madhya Pradesh is a rogue state with the Christian community."

    07/06/2006 INDIA
    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.

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