1. After rape and attacks, Christians say under siege as Narendra Modi govt not protecting their religion

After rape and attacks, Christians say under siege as Narendra Modi govt not protecting their religion

Christians in India said that the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi had not done enough to protect their religion,

By: | Kolkata | Published: March 17, 2015 8:21 AM
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Christians in India said that the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi had not done enough to protect their religion. (Reuters)

Christians in India said on Monday that the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi had not done enough to protect their religion, after a spate of attacks including the rape of a 75-year-old nun at the weekend.

Christians prayed and held vigils across the country to protest against the rape during an armed assault on a convent school, the worst in a series of incidents that followers of the faith say are making them feel unwelcome in their own country.

The convent attack also comes in the same month an interview emerged of a man being held on death row for a fatal gang rape in which he showed no remorse and blamed the victim.

The government banned the documentary, “India’s Daughter”, a decision which angered some Indians who said it should be aired to highlight the prevalence of gender inequality and sex crimes.

Father Savari Muthu, spokesman for the Delhi Catholic Archdiocese and a national Church organiser, said the government had not taken “concrete action to protect Christians.

“We have to raise our voice against the atrocities. Christians will not tolerate this humiliation,” he said, joining critics who say Modi has not done enough to ensure religious harmony in a country with a history of inter-faith bloodshed.

The motive for the assault and armed robbery in West Bengal on Saturday was not clear.

MOTHER TERESA LEGACY QUESTIONED

It happened weeks after the leader of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) said the charitable work of Mother Teresa had been aimed at religious conversion.

Critics say the remarks by the leader of RSS, an organization close to the government, contributed to a climate where Christians are seen as outsiders, despite a more than 1,500-year presence in India.

“I am not Indian any more, at least in the eyes of the proponents of the Hindu Rashtra,” prominent retired police chief Julio Ribeiro wrote in a column for the Indian Express paper.

The RSS condemned the rape.

“No attack should be tolerated on any woman in India. Be it a Hindu, a Muslim or a Christian,” Suresh Joshi, RSS general secretary, told reporters on Sunday.

Opposition lawmakers in the upper house of parliament on Monday said the attack could damage the secular fabric of the country, where about a fifth of 1.27 billion people identify themselves as belonging to faiths other than Hinduism. The large majority of those are Muslims.

Since December, half a dozen churches have been vandalised, at the same time as conservative groups have campaigned to convert to Hinduism members of “foreign religions” such as Islam and Christianity.

In February, shortly after U.S. President Barack Obama called for respect for religious freedom in India, Modi broke a long silence on the subject and, speaking at a church event, vowed a crackdown on religious violence.

Muthu said schools across the country were holding prayer meetings on Monday. Christians held a silent protest in the streets of Mumbai on Sunday.

Protesters demanded more security for churches and other religious institutions. On Sunday, a Catholic church being built in the northern state of Haryana was vandalised and its cross replaced with a small statue of a Hindu god.

Police in West Bengal said they had detained five of seven men who broke into the Convent of Jesus and Mary School in Nadia district, northeast of Kolkata, capital of West Bengal. The man suspected of rape has not been caught.

The rape victim was discharged from hospital on Sunday night and appealed for peace, said Jaydeep Saha, a police official investigating the crime.

 

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    PS!
    Mar 17, 2015 at 4:00 pm
    The PR offensive being launched against Hindus is the same kind of offensive that was used against the Red Indians before they were exterminated. The same kind of labeling was done against Saddam Hussein before he was deposed. The same kind of bing was done against Jacob Arbenz of Guatemala who was democratically elected with 85% of por vote ONLY to be thrown out by a CIA sponsored coup. The last few months, the Modi government has done an enormous amount of work for ALL Indians. This is being royally ignored even as the maximum amount of damage to minorities is done by the minorities themselves. Nuns being exploited by other nuns and priests; exploitation of poor young students in so many madaras. Many of these are ped off as if they were the fault of an "intolerant" Hindu majority. It is time all minorities do realize that they are being unnecessarily aggressive against Hindus- they enjoy greater freedom & liberty than in most Islamic and Christian countries here.
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    Sucheta Maheshwari
    Mar 17, 2015 at 9:42 pm
    All made up hype under the Con party influenced E-MSM.
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    Sucheta Maheshwari
    Mar 17, 2015 at 9:59 pm
    Who is drumming up support for the Christian missionaries ?
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    Al Makedonon
    Mar 17, 2015 at 10:28 am
    as foreign intel paid mercs carry out secretive aults, they script these kind of articles to buttress the false narrative. theres no way the media is this ignorant or forgetful. s keep lapping up the lies. those of us who want truth google Siddique Deendar Anjuman. clealry same thing is happening again
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    dr.janardhan
    Mar 17, 2015 at 6:08 pm
    Any religion for that matter have been in existence before modi came to power!wasnt there any rape taking place since 1947 !okay wasnt there any desecration of religious places during these 65 years !wasnt there any communial riot happening !The people who are complaining have just forgotten the past and finding upteen mistakes that are happening in tha last 1 year or so ! why cant there be some conspiracy being hatched by those who want to show the present rulers in bad light !is anybody thinking in that lines insted of putting the blame on nacent government ,nation building is long term process let us give some breathing space to them and give your judgement atleast after15 years of Modis rule certainly not NOW !
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    R. Singh
    Mar 17, 2015 at 9:14 am
    What is under siege is Indic Dharmic culture.
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    sanjay
    Mar 18, 2015 at 8:24 am
    Sucitra from ny...u have beenn allowed to llwed o work n live freel in a lchistian country. Respect that
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    sanjay
    Mar 18, 2015 at 8:17 am
    The indian secular fabric is under seige from hindu findamentalists. Suchitra from ny you wud not have been settled in us if that country had statted attackinh hindus n indians will you?
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    t p
    Mar 17, 2015 at 2:33 pm
    The britishers divide & rule policy is being carried forward by the congress & the cheap ploiticians like karunanidhi.....etc . Originally there is only one religion in hindusthan i.e. hinduism . Mughal were the robbres & the christians are the greedy once converted to get reservations / benefits from the indian govt . Why all can not behave alike . peoples & media particularly should see every incidents from humanitarian points of view rather than a particular religion. Ther are thefts in many temples . There are attacks on many hindu families . The so called secular media & cheap politicians keep mum. Why ?
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