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Monday, March 27, 2017
India: Christian families attacked
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¬†Radical Hindu activists attacked seven Christian families in the village of Kilipul, in the Indian State of Orissa ten days ago, the Missionary News Service report. On 6 February, 35 members of the 'Sangh Parivar', Hindu fundamentalist movement, stormed the homes and occupied them for four days, abusing the inhabitants. MISNA were told of the incident in a statement issued by the GCIC (Global Council of Indian Christians), which called on the local government to take immediate measures against the assailants. The extremists shaved the heads of the women of a family that seven years ago converted to Christianity seven years ago, and, despite pressures of the community refused to return to Hinduism. The assailants then destroyed and burned all the Bibles they found in the homes and before leaving, they covered the inhabitants were cow dung. The GCIC said the small Christian community that lives in Kilul and the nearby village of Kupadally was very shocked over the episode and fears new attacks; given also to the fact ≠ as reported by the Christian association ≠ the police did not intervene, although they they had been called. The GCIC filed reports to the National Commission for minorities, the National Commission for women's rights and National Commission for human rights. The Christian community of India represents just two per cent of the population of over one billion people. Relations between the Hindu majority and religious minorities have deteriorated over the past years since the Bharatiya Janata Party came to power. The party is considered a political expression of the 'Sangh Parivar' (Great Family) movement that unites Hindu extremist organisations.
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