» 12/17/2014, 00.00
Radical Hindus attack Christians singing Christmas carols
About 30 people assaulted the Pastor and the faithful of a Pentecostal community, including women and children, with sticks and clubs. The fundamentalists accuse the Christians of promising money to convert tribal people in the area. Police deny the allegations: "No forced conversion in the area, the Christians are innocent."
Mumbai (AsiaNews) - A
group of radical Hindu
has assaulted a
community of Pentecostal Christians in Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh and Telangana) with
sticks and clubs. They were "guilty" of singing
Christmas carols in the streets of the city's tribal Singareny Colony.
The incident reportedly took place
on 13 December and
was confirmed by the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) speaking to AsiaNews.
Not even women and children were spared. The most seriously
injured was the Rev. Bhim Nayak, pastor of the Banjara Baptist Church, who lost consciousness in the attack and is still recovering in a city hospital.
"Rev. Nayak - Sajan George, President of the GCIC told AsiaNews -
was accompanied by about 15
faithful. Together they were visiting the Christian families of the Singareny Colony and singing
Christmas carols. At one point, about 30 people surrounded their vehicle and accused them of practicing forced conversions, they smashed the windows of the vehicle, dragged them out and beat them. "
The situation in the area had been tense for some time. "The day before - the Christian leader said - a
nationalist right-wing activists
interrupted a Pentecostal conference in Ratlam, and brought representatives of
the local administration and police to the venue after accusing the
organizers of converting
tribal people, offering them money and other 'temptations'. "
However, the local Police Chief Superintendent, P.S. Ranawat, confirmed the innocence of the Christians: "We found no evidence of alleged conversions, forced or otherwise". He said "the officers had spoken to a few tribals,
but none confirmed the allegation."
"In secular India - Sajan George said - the
Christian community is a
If these allegations were true, how come the Government Census shows a decline in the Christian population? Religious Freedom is our Constitutional Guarantee and an Human Right."
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