"Black Day" Sunday in India: 13 attacks against Christians

Thirteen Christian communities were attacked on Sunday: violence against Christians, threats, filing of complaints for forced conversion and vandalized places of worship.

Sunday, October 3, Indian Christians suffered a "black day": 13 attacks against their communities were recorded. A record number of violence revealed by the Commission for Religious Freedom of the Evangelical Fellowship of India to theAgenzia Fides.

Christians were attacked as they gathered to pray. Shouting at the Hindu god Ram, the attackers beat worshipers, including a 12-year-old child, and vandalized several places of worship. Complaints of forced conversion were also filed against several pastors.

In Roorkee, 500 extremists broke into a room where 15 worshipers were gathered. One of the Christians attacked is in critical condition. For AC Michael, the national coordinator of the United Christian Forum, "it is the result of irresponsible statements by certain individuals and political and social groups who incite religious hatred".

“These people are spreading unfounded and false propaganda that Christians are carrying out religious conversions by fraudulent means, allegations that have been repeatedly denied by the courts. I would like to point out that to date no court has ever found a Christian guilty of converting someone by fraudulent means. "

According to Jesuit Father Cédric Prakash, who promotes human rights and religious freedom, “violence is increasing” in the regions of northern India, and “the victims are still religious minorities and marginalized communities, such as farmers and Dalits ”.

John dayal, Catholic journalist and former president of the All India Catholic Union, denounces a "worrying situation", "alarming".

“The situation is worrying because high-level political authorities, such as federal and state ministers, members of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), openly incite violence and teach people to consider farmers, adivasis (tribes), Dalits and religious minorities as enemies of the state. This is an alarming situation which threatens the rule of law, democracy, freedom of expression and freedom of religion and belief. "


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