Attacks on Christian community highest in Uttar Pradesh, report says

The largest number of attacks on members of the Christian community and their places of worship in India has taken place in Uttar Pradesh, according to an investigative report released on Sunday, according to The hindu.

The report, which is a joint initiative of the non-governmental organizations Association for Protection of Civil Rights, United Christian Forum and United Against Hate, found 305 such cases across the country between January and September.

Data is based on calls received on the United Christian Forum hotline. No less than 1,362 calls were received on the Christian Forum hotline, reported the Hindustan times.

The report, “Christians attacked in India”, showed that there were 288 mob attacks and in 28 cases, places of worship were damaged. Of these 305 cases, 66 incidents were reported in Uttar Pradesh, followed by 47 in Chhattisgarh and 32 in Karnataka.

“September was the scene of the largest number of incidents with 69, followed by 50 in August and 37 in January,” the organizations said in a statement.

The report found that 1,331 women, 588 members of tribal communities and 513 Dalits were injured in the attacks, reported Indian express. He also said police did not allow congregations to be held in at least 85 cases.

Many attacks may not be documented: Archbishop of Bengaluru

Archbishop of Bengaluru Peter Machado, who released the report, said the document could have missed many attacks because it was based solely on calls made to the Christian Forum’s hotline.

Machado stressed, however, that the report did not indicate that “most of these attacks were carried out by right-wing groups and that the police had not reacted”.

The Archbishop noted that the greatest number of such attacks reported in southern India were in Karnataka.

“Certain behaviors or declarations of the [Karnataka] government, a certain attitude of government is the reason why this [attacks] is allowed and tolerated, ”he said. “It can go on and it is sad for us.”

Machado said such incidents had previously been reported in parts of the interior of the country where there are fewer members of the Christian community and small churches. “But what is happening in Hubballi, Dharwad, Bengaluru means people are taking justice into their own hands,” he said.

He noted that the Belagavi District Police told community members not to hold prayer meetings during the legislative session.

“The police have sent a message not to pray for 15 days in Belagavi when the legislative session is open,” the archbishop said, according to The time of India. “It’s like saying don’t eat for a few days.”

He added, “Faith is the background in which all good works are done. To say that you have no prayers is not the way. On the other hand, if they’d fortified every church, every place, it would’ve given them a lot of credit.

Machado also said the Christian community will suffer if the anti-conversion bill is passed in the state. He pointed out that there are problems in Karnataka even when the bill has not been passed.

“If passed, it will confuse us all and leave us helpless,” he said. “This bill was passed in Odisha in 1967. After 30 years, the state was on fire. Over 300 churches were set on fire, 3,000 houses were set on fire and 67 people died. It will cause a similar situation here too. I ask the government not to pass the bill because it will disturb the Christian community. ”

The government of Karnataka is considering passing an anti-conversion law in the state. On September 29, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said the state government planned to pass a law banning forced religious conversions. He had claimed that such conversions had become commonplace in the state.

Machado had also previously opposed the passage of the anti-conversion law.

“The government’s proposal for ACB [anti-conversion bill] is unnecessary because it would affect religious harmony, ”Machado said in October. “It is arbitrary because it tends to target only the Christian community.”

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