Karnataka

Pastor Keshava K,brutally attacked by Bajrangdal activists

Pastor Keshava K, who was brutally attacked by Bajrangdal activists, in a village near Jaipura, Koppa, Chickmaglur Dist, Karnataka, two days ago.(11/03/2016) He is 38. He is currently in jail along with his wife and 2 other women.
A certain man from a Hindu background belonging to the above village invited Pastor Keshava to visit them to pray for someone sick in their house. They also arranged the transportation by sending a car for the pastor to travel. Pastor Keshava went to that village along with his wife and two other believers. As they stepped into the house and stood up to pray, two activists from Bajrang Dal came and started assaulting the pastor. As soon as the Bajrang Dal activists came, the people in the house left. It was a well planned, prearranged trap. Then they filed a case under IPC section 292 A in the Koppa police station. Nearly 200 BJP/RSS/Bajrang Dal activists had surrounded the police station by that time. All the local lawyers are said to be afraid to take up the case. The following 4 people are in Chickmaglur jail.

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"Second Class Citizens": 15 Christians arrested for alleged forced conversions

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by Nirmala Carvalho
Police in Puttur in Karnataka stop celebrations to "protect" the Church, surrounded by Hindu radicals. The religious authorities called to testify and handed rules for future prayer services. These included the obligation to notify the police. Catholic leader: "In secular India, Christians are persecuted and vulnerable."
Bangalore (AsiaNews) - The Christian minority "is vulnerable and subjected to harassment and persecution by both extremist as well as authorities, who are responsible for protecting citizens. Clearly, Christians are considered second-class citizens in secular India”, says Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC).

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Karnataka-Eight christians acquitted in forced conversion

Karnataka: eight Christians acquitted in forced conversion case
by Nirmala Carvalho
A Puttur court finds the defendants innocent. They were arrested in 2007 for proselytising among Hindus. For Christian leader, "Christians are threatened, harassed and insulted by Hindu right-wing extremists, who disrupt their prayers in private homes”.

Bangalore (AsiaNews) – A court in Puttur in Karnataka acquitted eight Christians accused of forced conversion, ruling that the defendants were innocent of the charges of forcing a Hindu to convert to Christianity.

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Karnataka, government compensates Christian victims of 2008 attacks

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Karnataka, government compensates Christian victims of 2008 attacks
by Nirmala Carvalho
The 12 victims will receive a reward of 15 thousand rupees (200 €). The state has recognized the responsibility of Hindu radicals. The violence erupted shortly after the rise to power of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Mangalore (AsiaNews) - The government of the Indian state of Karnataka (south-west of the country)has decided to compensate 12 victims who have suffered injuries in the attacks against Christians in 2008 with 15 thousand rupees (about 200 euro).
They include some nuns and women who were demonstrating peacefully against the brutality of the radicals. Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), spoke to AsiaNews about "deep satisfaction at the decision of the state authorities."

In September 2008, militants of the Bajrang Dal [youth wing of the Sangh Parivar, the umbrella organization that brings together paramilitary Hindu associations - ed] attacked more than 20 evangelical and Protestant churches and places of worship in Mangalore, Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and other districts, including Bangalore and Kolar.
In 2011 the judge BK Somasekhara presented a report which excluded all government and police responsibility in the attacks on churches. The judge’s report, however, was rejected in 2014 by the Karnataka government as "dictated by political motives to exonerate the radical Hindu Sangh Parivar". The National Human Rights Commission of India recognized the use of excessive force by police and awarded damages of 15 thousand rupees (€ 200) for those who suffered violence.

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