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    » 11/18/2014, 00.00

    INDIA

    Tamil Nadu, 100 Hindu radicals attack a Christian community

    Nirmala Carvalho

    Four people, including the Reverend, are hospitalized in serious condition. The extremists also attempted to attack them in the hospital. Desecrated the altar, and a Bible, community’s vehicles destroyed. Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC): "The violence spreads a culture that holds religious conversions to be illegal ".

    Mumbai (AsiaNews) - A crowd of more than 100 Hindu extremists have attacked and beaten a Pentecostal Christian community in Udumalpet, the southern state of Tamil Nadu. The attack took place on  November 16 and was confirmed to AsiaNews, by the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC).

    The Rev. K.A. Sathis, pastor of Konkal Marthoma Church, and four faithful are hospitalized in serious condition. Some attackers even followed the victims to the hospital, threatening them and attacking them a second time.

    Before  breaking into the church, where the community was holding a prayer service, the radical group destroyed more than 20 vehicles parked in Church yard. Once inside, the militants attacked those present, desecrated the altar, burned the Bibles and broke musical instruments.

    Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) has already asked for protection for the Christian community of the state from the National Commission for Human Rights, the chief minister of Tamil Nadu and the Minister of Interior of the Central Government of India.

    "We strongly condemn this anti-Christian violence - Sajan George told AsiaNews - It spreads a culture that holds religious conversions to be illegal, even if the article 25 of the Constitution guarantees freedom of worship". According to the GCIC president, "the police silence in responding to this violence remains a pervasive problem for the tiny Christian minority in India."

     

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    31/08/2011 INDIA
    Tamil Nadu theft, destruction, beatings and arrests of Protestant Christians
    The activists of the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) accused them of forced conversions. Church demolished, two motorcycles destroyed, a camera and six bikes stolen. Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC): "Here is the insecurity in which the Christian minority in secular India live."

    07/08/2014 INDIA
    Tamil Nadu: Hindu radicals beat up women and children of a Pentecostal community
    The Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), tells AsiaNews of yet another attack against the Christian minority. A group of extremists disrupted a prayer service and attacked the Reverend and faithful present with iron bars.

    27/01/2011 INDIA
    Radical Hindu involved in Orissa pogrom back in jail
    The High Court of India has cancelled the release on bail granted by a court of Orissa. Manoj Pradhan had been convicted of two murders, is on trial for three others, which during the pogroms of 2008 in Orissa.

    21/09/2012 INDIA
    Religious intolerance grows in Tamil Nadu, 13 cases in 2012
    The denunciation comes from the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC). Under pressure from Hindu nationalists, a local administrator denies the status as a place of worship to a community hall legally built by a Christian community. Usually, the Tamil Nadu is known as an example of harmony and development among the Hindu, Christian and Muslim communities.

    14/06/2011 INDIA
    Karnataka: Three Christians arrested on false charges of forced conversions
    The men were donating clothes, food and shelter to 70 lepers. Twenty Hindu activists stormed the premises and called the police who took the men away without listening to them or the sick. Sajan K George (Global Council of Indian Christians): "Yet another stain on the history of India, the state must guarantee the safety of the Christian minority."



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