Hindu radicals attack Christians, injure 30, police apathetic

February 13, 2013 by  
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Hindu radicals attack ChristiansChhattisgarh, February 08, 2013: A mob of about 100 RSS, Bajrang Dal and VHP viciously attacked a peaceful gathering of Christian believers, injuring 30 of them, in Rajnandgaon village, about 70 kms from Raipur City, capital of Chattisgarh state on Friday, 8 February. The Rajnandgaon City Police Station seemed complicit in the attack and has now registered a case against the believers and the church.

A three-day meeting had been organized from the 7th to 9th February by the ICM (Indian Christian Mission) church under the leadership of Pastor Thomas Abraham. On Friday, the 8th of February, around 250 believers were in attendance at 2:25 p.m. when about 100 RSS, Bajrang Dal and VHP activists barged into the ICM Church hall with rods and sticks in hand and started abusing the people and accusing them of conversion.

They started breaking the doors, windows and attacked all the bikes and cars parked outside. There was a big commotion as the people ran helter-skelter trying to move to safety. 30 believers were injured as their hands and legs were broken and a few suffered injuries to their head. One believer called the City Police Station in Rajnandgaon, 200 meters from the Rajnandgaon Railway Station. The police arrived at 3:15 p.m., took a report from several believers and took the injured to the government hospital in Rajnandgaon. Soon after the injured received medical attention, they were told by the police to leave the hospital before the mob came and attacked them there too. When the believers left the hospital all the records of them having been treated there were destroyed. In fact rather than registering a case against the Hindu radicals, the police registered a case against the church and believers who were attacked.

The believers and pastors of the area are planning to appeal to the governor and other authorities reporting the incident and the treatment meted out to them by the local police during and after the ordeal.

– persecution.in

Mission Congress rekindles faith among tribal Catholics

November 4, 2011 by  
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Christian workChhattisgarh, November 4, 2011: Catholics in central India have resolved to revive the faith European missioners introduced among their ancestors more than a century ago.

Around 1,600 delegates from 200 parishes spread over five dioceses in Chhattisgarh attended a mission congress that ended October 28, during which attendees were urged to be better witnesses for their faith in the predominantly Hindu nation.

“We need more light of Christ these days since there is too much darkness in the world,” Bishop Paul Toppo of Raigarh said in his keynote address to the congress.

Jesuit missioners from Belgium first introduced the Catholic faith to Oraon tribal people of central and eastern India.

Chhattisgarh state has 410,035 Catholics, mostly tribal and dalit people, in a population of 20.8 million.

Congress attendees acknowledged the pioneering missioners’ hard labor and the persecution suffered by the early Christians, and resolved to live their faith boldly and to preserve their culture.

They also resolved to organize spiritual programs in an effort to revitalize Catholic faith, and to implement new campaigns to curb social and human rights problems including alcoholism, human trafficking, and government corruption that have hindered the spiritual and economic growth of Catholic communities in the region.

Bishop Emmanuel Kerketta of Jashpur expressed his gratitude for the work of early missioners in educating people for service to the Church and the nation.

The Oraon tribal prelate said missioners from the region now serve the Church throughout the world.

– ucan