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Woman attacked for converting to Christianity

By James Varghese
2/5/08 KARNATAKA, INDIA (ANS) — A woman was reportedly attacked by a group of suspected Hindu group for converting into Christianity at Ullal on the outskirts of Mangalore city, Karnataka state on January 17.

According to news released via the sify web portal, the woman was waiting at a bus stand for her husband, a bus conductor (ticket collector), with the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation, on that day when a petty shop owner there asked her what her name was and whether she was a Hindu.

She responded, saying she had converted into Christianity 15 years previously. The shop owner then alerted a few people present there about her conversion, following which the group, suspected to be Hindu fundamentalists, beat her up.

He then alleged that the police, who arrived at the spot, beat her with sticks and detained her at the police station. The woman was released only after local political leader U. K. Khader intervened.

Meanwhile, superintendent of police, N. Satish Kumar, confirmed that the incident had taken place and said “the deputy superintendent of police Dharmaiah would conduct an enquiry into the incident.”

“Based on the report, action would be taken against those responsible,” he added.