Christian Women Arrested for Passing Out Christian Pamphlets in India

ICC Note:

Two Christian women have been arrested and intimidated for handing out Christian pamphlets in India’s southwestern state of Karnataka. Christians in India continue to experience rising levels of persecution as Hindu nationalists gain influence in India’s government and society. Please pray for these two women. 

12/15/2013 India (Asia News) – Two Christians in the Indian state of Karnataka were arrested for handing out religious pamphlets. The incident occurred yesterday in the village of Nitte (Udupi district), after a crowd of activists of the Bajrang Dal (Hindu extremist group) denounced women, accusing them of practicing “forced conversions”.

According to Sajan George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC ), what happened ” is shameful and is part of an established plan of nationalist forces : step up pressure on Christians at Christmas .”

According to GCIC sources, the group of Bajrang Dal activists surrounded the police station Kumbalpady, where the women were in custody. The officers attempted to disperse the crowd, but some local leaders from the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP, another Hindu fundamentalist group) threatened to stage a mass protest if the police did not punish those who “practice conversions and anti- Hindu activities”.

“These women were just handing out leaflets – Sajan George tells AsiaNews – what’s wrong with that? Followers of Hindu holy men give out hundreds of similar pamphlets, why are they not arrested? With Christmas just around the corner, safety must be guaranteed to the Christian minority, so that we can celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.”

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