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India Militants Kidnap Nuns after Murdering Pastor

6/26/2006 INDIA (BosNewsLife) — Hindu militants kidnapped four nuns for allegedly converting Hindus to Christianity in the Southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh; just days after fellow fighters murdered a pastor in the troubled region, an official with close knowledge about the situation.

Sajan K George, President of the influential advocacy organization Global Council of India Christians(GCIC), told BosNewsLife that Sr.Maria Julia, Sr. Cristilda, Sr. Hema Felicia, and Sr. Reena Francis of the Missionaries of Charity group were adducted Sunday, June 25, in the town of Thirupati .

“According to the information reaching us, the sisters were dragged and beaten up by the Hindu radicals before detaining them,” said George. Their whereabouts were not immediately clear. He said police was investigating amid reports of another attack against nuns at Gandhi Hospital in the town of Secunderabad . They were “persecuted for wearing the cross and praying for the sick,” added George. More details were not immediately available.

George identified the militants as belonging to (Sangh) Parivar, a lose family of organizations promoting the spread of Hinduism across India as the only religion in the nation of over 1 billion people. There were no immediate reactions from Parivar officials, but militants in the state have made it clear they are concerned over what they call the “forced conversions” carried out by missionaries and other Christians.

PERSECUTION “ALARMING”

They have denied the accusations. George said attacks against the nuns comes at a time when, “The level of persecution in India is rising at an alarming” phase. “The state machinery is not serious in providing justice to the persecuted Christians in India and especially for the Christians in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

“The Christian workers are intimidated and persecuted for their faith,” George stressed. He said the situation would “haunt and embarrass the government of India for a long time to come” as it just expressed “commitment to the International Human Rights Council formed in Geneva this month.” George told BosNewsLife earlier he would meet UN officials and US State Department representatives to discuss the persecution of Christians in India .

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