Kashmir, false accusations on Facebook: mob tries to lynch 12 American and Korean tourists

February 6, 2013 by  
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false accusations on FacebookKashmir, February 05, 2013: On the basis of false allegations of forced conversions, more and more Christians in Kashmir are victims of persecution. This according to Sajan George of GCIC, was after there was an attempted assault on a group of 12 foreign tourists, accused via Facebook of practicing forced conversions in Tangmarg area north of Jammu and Kashmir. The incident occurred late in the evening of 2 February, 2013. No injuries thanks to police intervention. A photo appeared on the social network accuses Christians of practicing forced conversions.

Around 10 pm a crowd of people gathered in front of a hotel in Srinagar, the capital, throwing stones against the walls and asking for the immediate trial of foreigners, eight Americans and four Koreans. Intervening on the spot, the police searched luggage and documents of the tourists. On finding nothing, the officers dispersed the protesters. When checking their passports, the police reported that the group has also visited other Muslim countries, including Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan.

The violent reaction was triggered by a photo published on the Facebook page Gulmarg News. The image shows three oriental girls, while the caption warns, “Caution Kashmir! Islam in Kashmir is under attack, Christians trying to convert Muslims,” recounting the testimony of a boy, who in exchange for chocolate would have been forced to recant Islam and convert to Christianity.

– asianews

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