ASIA NEWS REPORT: by Nirmala Carvalho
occurred on December 28 in different areas of the state, the fourth in the
evening of the 25. With these number of attacks in Karnataka in 2011 rises to
49. Sajan George, "The Hindu radicals violate the human dignity of the Christian
Mangalore (AsiaNews) - Four new attacks by Hindu
fundamentalists have disrupted the Christmas season for Christians in Karnataka.
Sajan K George, President of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC),
calls them "a shame and a blot on the secular and democratic India", because
"even if the fundamentalists do not respect the holy period of Christmas, they
are proof that government and authorities are complicit in the persecution
against Christians. " The first occurred on December 25 last, while the other
three all occurred on the 28 in different areas of Karnataka. The number of
accidents in the State has thus risen to 49 in 2011.
On Christmas Eve,
about 20 activists of a local group, the Jagaran Vedike, attacked a family
gathered at dinner. The Hindus have attacked men, women and children with sticks
and stones, injuring them seriously and threatening their lives. Many of them
were later hospitalized for fractures of the limbs and nose. The minister's wife
suffered a serious chest wound. The activists fled immediately after the
violence, while the police made a report but did not initiate investigations on
On December 28 there were three separate incidents. In
Maripalla, in Mangalore district, Hindu extremists set fire to the village crib.
Christians immediately condemned the fire to the Bantwal police, who arrested
two Hindu radicals. The men defended themselves saying that the Christians
during the Christmas celebrations practiced forced conversions.
(Mangalore), about 20 Hindu extremists wearing masks stopped the prayer service
of the Pentecostal Church of God of Hebron. Armed with stones and sticks, the
attackers destroyed windows, rooms and vehicles parked outside the building. The
pastor I.D. Sanna was at home with his wife Sarah, children Abhishek and Prerna
and five other people, but they were not harmed.
In the district of
Davanagere some activists of Sriram Sene (local Hindu nationalist movement)
entered the house of a member of the Pentecostal Church Divyadarsana Ministry.
There they physically beat Pastor Raju Doddamani and those present, accusing
them of practicing forced conversions. Then, the attackers called the Vidyanagar
police, which brought out the Christians for questioning.
thing - Sajan K George said - is that Hindu extremists have perpetrated these
heinous human rights violations against Christians. Above all, they violated
their dignity as human beings invading the privacy of their homes, attacking
women and children, desecrating the sanctity of the family, with physical and
verbal abuse. "
The president of the GCIC concludes: "By granting these
Hindu extremists impunity, the persecution of religious minorities will become
an ordinary event. The Indian Constitution provides that 'all people have equal
right to freedom of conscience and to profess, practice and propagate their
religion'. Yet the violence shows the status of second class citizens granted to
the Christian population. "