08 August 2014

Delhi archbishop calls for justice after new attacks on Christians

The archbishop of New Delhi has urged authorities to take more effective measures in combating religiously motivated violence in the wake of an attack on a Christian church in the north Indian state of Haryana. Vandals damaged two school buses parked in the compound of St. Francis Xavier Church in Rohtak district on Wednesday. In a statement issued on Thursday, Archbishop Anil J. Couto expressed concern over this attack and other incidents. “Reports of other attacks on Christian pastors and prayer groups are very disturbing and we request local authorities take adequate measures to bring to book the miscreants threatening to weaken the social fabric of this great nation,” the statement read. He was referring to an attack on a group of pastors belonging to the Pentecostal Church in Sonepat district of the same state last year. The prelate also quoted media reports alleging that Sangh Parivar groups (family of Hindu nationalist organizations) are collecting details of persons who converted to Islam and Christianity in western Uttar Pradesh and plan to carry out shuddhikaran – attempts to re-convert them to Hinduism.