ASIA/INDIA - Five attacks in five days against the Christians in Madhya Pradesh

Saturday, 16 May 2015

New Delhi (Agenzia Fides) - In the space of five days, from 10 to 15 May 2015, there were five attacks against Christians in their places of worship in Madhya Pradesh. The attacks, carried out by Hindu fundamentalist groups in the area of Indore, occurred without any provocation or apparent reason, if not "hatred toward helpless Christians" and "the aim to terrorize them" says to Agenzia Fides Sajan George, head of the "Global Council of Indian Christians" (GCIC).
George launches an appeal: "As the situation is tense and violence are likely to spread like wildfire, the state has to take appropriate and timely measures: it is a priority to protect the rights of defenseless Christians in Madhya Pradesh and ensure justice".
The five episodes are: May 10, Pastor Ronald Emmanuel Sinclair, was stopped, questioned and beaten. On May 12, a hostel for mentally disabled children run by Augustinian nuns was attacked by unknown criminals in the village of Pipaldhar. Three churches were attacked in Indore on 11 and 12 May by militants who tried to devastate and burn them. According to preliminary investigations the "Sanskritik Jagran Manch" group is responsible for these attacks, known as a radical and violent Hindu organization. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 16/05/2015)