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Christian Workers Attacked, Arrested by Police

Hindu Mob Walks Away Free after Attacking Christians

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(April 5, 2007) The Washington-DC based human rights group, International Christian Concern (ICC) has just learned that on March 23 two Christian workers who were visiting Rajasthan state were brutally attacked by Hindu fundamentalists and later arrested on alleged false charges of forcible conversion.

The incident took place in Jawahar Nagar area in Ganganagar district when Rev. Philip Abraham and Prof. Jacob Thomas were returning from a Christian meeting arranged by an independent local church.

A group of Hindu fundamentalists stopped the vehicle of the Christians, accused them of “forced conversion,” pulled them out and beat them. The police arrived later, but instead of arresting the attackers, they took the two Christians to the police station and locked them up.

Rev. Abraham, who lives in Noida town near Delhi , told ICC that the attackers hit him with their hands and shoes. He received several bruises all over his body. Prof. Thomas suffered a nose fracture and spinal injury. The two are still recovering from their injuries. Abraham denied that they were engaging in “forced” conversion.

Sub-Inspector Ramji Lal of the Jawahar Nagar police station told ICC that the two were arrested after a local man, Umesh Kumar Agarwal, lodged a complaint alleging that they were insulting Hindu gods and trying to convert Hindus.

“We have confiscated the laptop and literature belonging to the Christians and we will see their content to know if they were making an attempt to convert people,” he said, adding that they were insulting the Hindu religion for the past three months.

The police kept them in the lock-up overnight and produced them before a magistrate the following day. The magistrate granted them bail. ICC noted that the police did not register any complaint against the people who attacked the Christians.

The BJP-government in Rajasthan has been in the news for the last few years for harassing the Emmanuel Mission International in Kota district. Rajasthan has a population of over 56.5 million, out of which only 72,660 are Christian. The state government, however, passed an anti-conversion bill last year alleging that Christians were converting Hindus by the use of “force, allurement and fraudulent means.”

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Please contact the Indian embassy in your country to request that the Indian government, especially in the state of Rajasthan, protect the rights of Christians and other minorities.

Embassy of India , Washington DC

2107 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington , DC 20008

Telephone: (202) 939-7000
Fax: (202) 265-4351

The High Commission of India in Ottawa

10 Springfield Road
Ottawa , Ontario K1M 1C9

Telephone: (613) 744-3751
Fax: (613) 744-0913

High Commission of India , London
India House, Aldwych, London – WC2B 4 NA

Telephone: 020 7836 8484

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