Human Rights

Attack on Christians continues in Karnataka

Bangalore: Karnataka police on August 11 arrested nine Christians on charges of 'forceful' conversion in Dharwad. Hindu extremists Ram Sena attacked After School Club LeadersTraining Program (ASCLTP) team members, beat them up and took Bibles, mobile phones and literature from them. The ASCLTP was attended by about 75 Christians from various district of northern Karnataka. At about 11:30 p.m. the extremists broke into Patil Sabha Bhavan while the group was asleep and started assaulting  them for about an hour. A police complaint was made by the Christians at the Annigere police station but when the  police reached the spot , they started siding with the extremists, said the report. The police arrested three co-ordinators and six partners of ASCLTP under Sections 143, 147, 295 (A), 120 (B) and 149  of the Indian Penal Code for punishment, punishment for rioting, deliberate act to outrage religious feelings of any  class, punishment of criminal conspiracy and every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object respectively. The next morning, the extremists further assaulted another co-ordinator identified as Krishna Paul as he arrived at the training centre and ransacked him, vice president of Dharwad district pastors fellowship, who went to rescue the Christians was also badly beaten up. The extremists also locked up some Christians in a room for an enquiry, according to reports. Local TV channels and newspapers have covered the incident.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 September 2009 on page no. 11

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