Palm Sunday

Church services interrupted, arrested pastors, allegations of forced conversions: Easter plight of Christians in India-Parliamentarian question safety of women in India

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Santosh Digal and Nirmala Carvalho
Bishops, activists and ordinary people complain about incidents of violence and intimidation across the country. Despite constitutional guarantees, the Christian minority is being persecuted. The threat on Palm Sunday: "If you want to pray, you must have official permission."
Govt busy protecting cows, not women: Jaya Bachchan in Parliament

Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.(ANI Twitter)
The government is busy protecting cows not women, said Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

Bachchan’s remark came after protests by Trinamool Congress MPs who raised the issue of a BJP youth leader announcing a Rs 11 lakh reward for anyone who beheads West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.

“Must take steps for protection of women aggressively. You are protecting cows but atrocities being committed on women,” said Bachchan.
Instances of vigilantism have grown with so-called gau rakshaks accused of violence and even murder.

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5 incidents against Christians reported on Palm Sunday in Indian states

On 9 April 2017, which was also Palm Sunday, at least 5 incidents targeting Christians were reported from Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu. Targeting Christians on special days of worship as Palm Sunday and Christmas is condemnable. We urge the respective State Governments and the Central Government to intervene in the situation and to control the non-state actors who seem to operate with impunity.

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Thirty one killed and dozens wounded in two separate Church attacks in Egypt

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CAIRO — Two explosions at Coptic churches in Egypt on Palm Sunday left at least 31 people dead and injured dozens of others as a day of worship in the besieged Christian community turned to destruction and carnage.
The first blast ripped through St. George’s Church in northern Egypt in the Nile Delta city of Tanta, 50 miles north of Cairo, during a Mass about 9:30 a.m., according to an official from the Health Ministry.The deputy minister of health put the preliminary death toll at 25.Hours later, a suicide bomber set off an explosion outside the main Coptic church in Alexandria, St. Mark’s Cathedral, killing at least six — including three police officers — and injuring 21 others, the Health Ministry said.

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Palm Sunday Celebrated with Religious Fervor

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Christians across India celebrated Palm Sunday.Christians in Orissa,Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh joned rest of the country in celebrating the Palm Sunday with religious fervor. Palm Sunday is a religious tradition that reminds the entry of Lord Jesus into Jerusalem Temple as a king. Christian community in Bhopal too celebrated the same with all religious traditions.

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