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"Second Class Citizens": 15 Christians arrested for alleged forced conversions
Police in Puttur in Karnataka stop celebrations to "protect" the Church, surrounded by Hindu radicals. The religious authorities called to testify and handed rules for future prayer services. These included the obligation to notify the police. Catholic leader: "In secular India, Christians are persecuted and vulnerable."
Radical Hindus target Christian communities: murder and torture
The Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), denounces two cases to AsiaNews, which occurred in Orissa and Bihar. In the first, a man was tortured and killed "by mistake": the attackers wanted to kill his son who had just been baptized. In the second, the extremists assaulted an entire family not even sparing the children: they had met with the pastor of the local church.
Karnataka: Christians attacked by Hindu extremists, arrested by police
A group of women and children coming home from a peace festival are attacked and insulted by a gang of youth from the Bajrang Dal. Instructed by the extremists, police take the Christians into custody in a local police station and continue humiliating them overnight. For Christian activists, the incident is a sign of India’s “talibanisation”.
Peace and forgiveness, two sides of Christmas among Orissa Christians
The faithful prepare to celebrate Christmas with hope, even after a long period of persecution. The authorities in Kandhamal have promised security and call for “respect and solidarity with Christian communities.” People want to “forget the pain, divisions and the loss of dear ones.”
Hindu militants forcibly prevent alleged “mixed marriage”
Armed with swords and tridents, a group broke into a Marriage Registrar’s office in Madhya Pradesh to prevent marriage between a woman – who they claimed was a Hindu – and a Christian man. The woman says she is animist and has threatened to commit suicide.
Madhya Pradesh: "Social preparation" to counter anti-Christian violence
This is the view of the chairperson of the state's Christian Forum. The intensified violence against our communities is alarming, the spokesman of the Bishops' Conference told AsiaNews. The anti-conversion law is the tool used by the administration to incriminate and molest us.
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