Belgaum, Karnataka: 23-10-2013 – The New Life Fellowship Church in Belgaum is in existence for the last 25 years and the church has a membership of about 200 believers. Pastor K.J. Cherian (60), is in charge of the church which has been regularly holding its Sunday worship services at the Methodist Church Campus near the City Civil Court in Belgaum. As they found it a bit difficult to accommodate all the believers who came for the worship services on Sundays, they decided to hold the Sunday Services in a bigger place.
Karnataka: no end to violence against Christians
by Nirmala Carvalho
The president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) appeals to the state's chief minister, asking protection for minorities. Over the past four months, Hindu extremists have carried out 21 anti-Christian attacks. In the latest case, a Protestant clergyman suffered a heart attack after he was beaten by fundamentalists and arrested by police.
by Nirmala Carvalho
Today the whole world celebrates the day for non-violence, established by the U.N. in honor of the birth of the country's spiritual leader. In India it is a national holiday, but many religious attacks betray the constitutional principles on which the nation was founded. In Karnataka, new cases of anti-Christian violence are worrying. Sajan George: "Gandhi believed in a free India based on religious pluralism".
Tiptur,Tumkur, Karnataka: 01-10-2013 – Pastor Aneef, 34, is in charge of the Believers Church of India at Tiptur in Tumkur District of Karnataka. He has looking after the spiritual needs of his congregation of believers who number about 40 during the last 4 years. All along he has been using his own house as a house church for purposes of Sunday Worship and other prayer meeting. He lives with his wife, Hema, 28, and two little children. Since the space was insufficient for Sunday Worship Services etc, he decided to build a small church and purchased a small piece of land and began to put up the church building.
This construction of a little place of worship attracted the attention of anti-Christian forces in the locality, and on Saturday night, 28-09-2013, sometime at midnight, the Hindu fundamentalists set the entire building on fire and destroyed it.