Monday, January 28, 2008

An analysis of anti-Christian violence in India in December

At Zenit by LC priest, Fr. John Flynn. More reportage than analysis, it's a useful summary of the ongoing woes of the Church in India.
Nevertheless, Compass Direct News warned that the incidence of anti-Christian violence is much higher than available statistics indicate. Also of concern is the way in which minority groups in some states are under pressure. The article cited the secretary-general of the Christian Legal Association, Tehmina Arora, who singled out seven states -- namely Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Orissa, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh -- as being where Christians face the brunt of Hindu extremism.

The total population in these seven states is more than 354 million people, of which 4 million are Christian. Arora also pointed out that it is only a small minority of Hindu extremists who are the cause of the violence, with the tacit approval of some local authorities.

Anti-conversion laws are in force in three states: Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Orissa. Such laws in the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh are still to be implemented.

The problems did not finish with the December attacks in Orissa. On Jan. 21 a news article posted on the Web page of the bishops' conference of India reported that the neighboring state of Chhattisgarh is also witnessing atrocities against Christians.

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