Thursday, March 30

Why Attacks Against Christians Are Increasing In Some Indian States

  • Imran Qureshi
  • BBC Hindi, Bangalore

Nuns in India

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Christians are a religious minority in India. The poster reads: “do not kill innocent people.”

One Sunday last October, Pastor Somu Avaradhi was surprised when he walked into his church in the city of Hubballi in the southern Indian state of Karnataka.

“There were people sitting inside singing Hindu religious songs and shouting slogans,” he told the BBC.

The pastor called the police, but when they arrived the protesters accused him of abusing a Hindu and forcing him to convert to Christianity.

The pastor was arrested – on charges of “insulting religious sentiments of any kind” – and spent 12 days in prison before being released on bail.

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