Churches attacked in Rourkela diocese

Vandals have destroyed two Marian statues and set fire to the sacristy and storeroom of a parish in Rourkela Diocese of India's Odisha state.

Sundergarh district administration has deployed armed police in the area because of the religious sensitivity of the two separate incidents on April 1, said police inspector Bijay Kumar Singh.

The eastern state witnessed anti-Christian violence a decade ago that claimed more than 100 lives. Christians fear attacks over Christmas but Easter seasons have been peaceful.


Bajrang Dal men strip, beat up pastor in Indian state MP

TNN | Jul 23, 2016, 08.25AM IST
BHOPAL: A pastor and his friend were abducted, stripped, tied up and thrashed allegedly by about
25 Bajrang Dal activistsin Madhya Pradesh's Rewa on Thursday night as they suspected the two were involved in
forced religious conversionA pastor is an ordained leader of a Christian congregation. Police later rescued the duo, pastor Ramlal Kori and his friend Nandlal Kori, from Gadra Mohalla of Pahadi village in Mauganj police station area, and admitted them to a hospital.


saffronised Police target Don Bosco school over tourist's death

Judith Winslow, 77, died of age-related illness and there was no illegality about her staying there, says rector.
Posted on June 27, 2016, 8:15 AM

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The death of a 77-year-old U.S. citizen in central Indian Madhya Pradesh state has prompted the police to initiate an investigation into her stay in a Catholic school after right-wing Hindu activists alleged she was in the country illegally.
Church leaders in Madhya Pradesh said Judith Jean Winslow died because of an age-related illness and there was no illegality related to her staying at the Don Bosco Academy in Alirajpur, a tribal-dominated town in the state.
The police investigation follows a complaint from a leader of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, considered the political arm of Hindu groups that works to make India a Hindu-only nation.


Christian clergyman's death in Orissa ruled an "accident" by police
by Nirmala Carvalho
Police dismiss the obvious signs of violence on the victim's body. For the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), "When the anniversary of the 2008 anti-Christian pogroms in Kandhamal approaches, Hindu extremists attack Christians."