(BosNewsLife) – The Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI) has urged India ‘s central and state governments to take action against “Hindu Extremists” who it says have launched a series of attacks against Catholics across the nation, including nuns and children, BosNewsLife monitored Saturday, July 9. In a statement obtained by the Christian news agency Compass Direct, the CBCI demanded an official inquiry and the arrest of those responsible for the violence last month which rocked several Indian states.
Most recently, 10 young men attacked a group of nuns at the Chetanalaya Center in Rajgir township, in the eastern state of Bihar , on June 21. Youths, armed with guns and other weapons, reportedly broke into the facility late at night. Sister Rose Plathottam, director of the center, said she was “sleeping on the terrace along with 11 handicapped girls, who had stayed back during vacation.” “Seeing nobody downstairs, the [youths] ransacked the convent … to get hold of the keys to the rooms. Later they came up to the terrace, threatened me with a gun and dragged me to the ground floor,” Rose added. The youths took cash and a mobile phone from Rose, and covered the girls faces with blankets, church sources said. They then allegedly ransacked the center, fleeing with valuables that included an emergency lamp and 18,000 rupees ($240), which had been set aside to buy medication for the dispensary.