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Uttar Pradesh: 5 Pentecostal pastors and faithful arrested on false charges
A group led by the Hindu extremist leaders raids a peaceful prayer meeting of Pentecostals. The police intervene and arrest the pastors on charges of forced conversions. In the populous state violence against Christians is on the rise.
Andhra Pradesh, Pentecostal pastor stabbed. GCIC: The state is "complicit"
Four Hindu radicals accused him of forcible conversions. For Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), the attack is a "crying shame" for a secular state like India. Even in Karnataka and Orissa there is no peace for Christians.
Madhya Pradesh: Hindu extremists destroy statues for Via Crucis
A lorry carrying votive statues is attacked. For Jhabua bishop, it is an act of intimidation against the Christian minority. Driver and assistants are hurt. Attackers are still at large.
Orissa: Hindu extremists burn three Christian homes in Kandhamal
The victims identified the ring leaders, but the police have advised them against naming him on the report. The attack took place on May 31st, the very day the armies sent to protect Christians in the area withdrew.
Air tragedy in Andhra Pradesh: Governor Reddy, defender of Christian Dalits, dies
Christian politician among the ranks of Congress, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy was known for his battles in favour of the marginalized. The bishop of Hyderabad: "I lost a friend" who "never feared declaring his faith" and “never discriminated on the basis of caste or creed."
The daily persecution of Orissa’s Christians
Forced conversions, prohibition of buying goods in shops, the faithful have to live in half-ruined houses without roofs and dirt floors: in In Kandhamal violence against Christians is "normal". The authorities do not intervene. The report of a special fact-finding group.
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