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More Violence against Christians in India

Christians face 1,000 attacks in 500 days in Karnataka State
Christians in southern Karnataka state are experiencing an unprecedented wave of persecution, having faced more than 1,000 attacks in 500 days, according to an independent investigation by Justice Michael Saldanha, a former state High Court judge.

“On 26 January – the day we celebrated India’s Republic Day – Karnataka’s 1,000th attack took place in Mysore city,” Saldanha said, explaining the figure was based on reports from faith-based organisations.

The latest attack took place on 17 March, when a mob of 150 people led by the Hindu extremist organisation Vishwa Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Council) and its youth wing, Bajrang Dal, stormed the funeral of a 50-year-old Christian identified only as ‘Isaac’. During his funeral, a mob pulled Isaac’s coffin apart, threw his body into a tractor and dumped it outside, saying his burial would have contaminated Indian soil.

State authorities have denied the results of the inquiry, saying the number of attacks is significantly less.

In addition to the attacks, many Christians have also faced false charges of fraudulent or forced conversions. In his report, Justice Saldanha states that Christians are regularly “dragged to the police station under false allegations, immediately locked up, beaten and denied bail”. He adds that 468 Christian workers in rural areas have been targeted with such actions since September 2008. The report notes, “The police are totally out of control.”

Karnataka has a population of 52 million; just over a million are Christian.

Source: http://www.compassdirect.org/ andhttp://www.opendoorsuk.org/

Michael Daly CJ
26th March 2010

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March 26, 2010 - Posted by | News

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