Over 1,000 Anti-Christian Attacks In Indian State, report

Monday, March 22, 2010

By Santosh Digal, Worthy News Asia Correspondent

NEW DELHI, INDIA (Worthy News)-- An official of one of India's largest evangelical umbrella groups says his organization recorded over 1,000 anti-Christian attacks in 500 days in the southern Indian state of Karnataka and that the number is growing "by the day".

A woman prays at the St Mary's Basilica in Bangalore. Christians faced over 1,000 attacks in Karnataka since in 500 days, says EFI.

"It is regrettable to report on physical attacks on Christian workers and believers, vandalism of church property, desecration of statues of Jesus, and arrests of priests on frivolous complains of conversions in Karnataka," said  Richard Howell,  the general-secretary of the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI).

Most recently, he said, on March 17 some 150 people allegedly led by right-wing Hindu extremist groups stormed the funeral of a 50-year-old Christian man at St. Thomas Church near Arsikere town in the state's Hassan district.

"The mob pulled the coffin apart and desecrated the cross the relatives of the deceased were carrying. They threw the body in a tractor and dumped it outside, saying his burial would have contaminated the Indian soil and his body should be buried in Rome or America."

The 1,000th attack in Karnataka happened in Mysore city on January 26 when India celebrated the enforcement of its Constitution on Republic Day, according to a report of an independent enquiry by former judge of the Karnataka High Court, Justice Michael F. Saldanha, cited by EFI.

NEW REPORT

In a report,  seen by BosNewsLife Monday, March 22, EFI said anti-Christian violence increased in Karnataka since September 2008 after clashes broke out in Orissa, another southern state, where “Christians were being hacked to death and their houses burnt” by Hindu militants.

The Orissa violence followed the murder of Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati, the leader of the nationalist grouping Vishwa Hindu Parishad, or 'World Hindu Council'. Maoists reportedly claimed responsibility for the killing, but Hindus blamed Christians.

Saldanha has reportedly suggested that Karnataka authorities are trying to downplay the incidents by buying up strategic local media, while “national media is shockingly silent' about the "unprecedented" persecution of minority Christians in Karnataka.

One exception was last year in January when television networks showed footage of Hindu militants storming a pub and ejecting women, accusing them of “behaving outside” the permit of Hindu tradition. Two of the women were hospitalized.

INTERNATIONAL REPUTATION

Karnataka – once a symbol of India’s economic progress and of freedom – has now become a hub of right-wing Hindu extremism, is not worrisome only for Christians, according to EFI.

Christian investigators say Christian persecution increased after the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) became Karnataka's main ruling party in 2008.

Howell told BosNewsLife that his organization has urged the local and national governments to intervene, amid concerns it could risk India's international reputation at a time when it is seeking closer ties with the West for its further economic progress.

Christians comprise less than three percent of India's mainly Hindu population of nearly 1.2 billion people, according to official estimates.

2 thoughts on “Over 1,000 Anti-Christian Attacks In Indian State, report

  1. Praying!

    "Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:
    And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
    They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
    (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
    And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
    God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect." Hebrews 11:35-40

    Praying!

    "And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
    And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
    That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life." John 3:13-15

    Save Now LORD

  2. The voice of one crying in the wilderness(Karnataka)-'a warning voice no one heeds.'

    Karnataka state has become wilderness for the Christian community

    Very unfair ruling towards the innocent Christians who faced over 1,000 attacks in since in 500 days, Its an unbecoming of a government

    It is vary sad on the part of right wing Hindu extremist groups to stoop down to such a cheap level in attacking the innocent Christian workers and believers and vandalizing church property.

    Pulling out the coffin and desecrating the cross and dumping the body outside is a shame to India

    I do not know why a responsible government and the media are trying to downplay the incident, It is a shock to the entire Christian community

    Urging the local and national governments to intervene has remained a cry in the wilderness !!!

    The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
    -- Isaiah 40: 1-3 (KJV)

    'a warning voice no one heeds.'

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