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Hindutva attacks against the Christian minority in India
An index (1964-1998)

This index of attacks by the Hindu fundamentalist forces on the Christian minority community in India since 1964 reveals the startling frequency with which the attacks have suddenly increased since the assumption of power by the Hindu right wing party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) nine months ago. The number of violent incidents between 1964 and 1997 is 53, which is quite marginal by Indian standards, but in the space of one single calendar year of 1998 more than 90 violent attacks have taken place in states as far apart as Gujarat and Karnataka, Haryana and Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, and Uttar Pradesh. The pattern of orchestrated violence by the organisations and outfits related to RSS is reminiscent of the large scale acts of sustained and continuing violence by the same forces against Muslims during and after the campaign for the demolition of Babri Masjid and the 1984 violence against Sikhs. The dedication with which the the militant wing of Hindu fascism—often called hardliners—is pursuing its goals is only matched by the studied innocence with which their political patrons in the ruling BJP are professing their ignorance of these incidents (the list includes the saffron Home Minister LK Advani) and denying any link with these.

The index has been circulated by Mr. John Dayal on behalf of the United Christian Forum for Human Rights. Further details can be obtained from there (Fax: 91-11- 3715146; e-mail: johndial@del2.vsnl.net.in)

INCIDENTS OF VIOLENCE AGAINST THE
CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY IN INDIA

The following is a list--still not comprehensive--of incidents of violence reported against the Christian community in India in the recent years, in particular, during 1997-98. All care has been taken to ensure the authenticity of the data. Wherever possible, the actual FIRs and complaints and reports of the National Minorities Commission and other government organizations have been used in this list. A more comprehensive list, with details of the incidents and the course of the investigations is currently under preparation. It is called the Unofficial White Paper because the Governments have so far refused to make public a detailed list of incidents of violence against the minorities, and particularly against the Christian community, and also the action taken by the police, district, state and central authorities on such complaints.


INCIDENTS OF VIOLENCE FROM 1964 TO DECEMBER 1998


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

1964 TO 1996 Violent incidents against Christians: 38

1997 violent incidents against Christians: 15

1998 violent incidents against Christians: 90

Number of cases in State of Gujarat in 1998: 15

Number of churches/chapels destroyed: 11


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Violence From 1964 to December 1996

1964

Bihar Father A. Goveas killed in Jehanabad.

1964

Bihar Fr. Herman Rasschaert killed in Kutungia (Simdega).

1978

Bihar Fr. Martinseck killed in Mokameh.

1978

Bihar Sr. Mukti Manhandled in Sasaram.

1980

Bihar Fr. Mathew Mannaparambil killed in Sasaram.

1980

Bihar Fr. Martin Mezhkunal killed in Gulni.

1987

Uttar Pradesh Fr. Adeoldalus killed in Sardana, Meerut.

1987

Bihar Fr. Thomas Chakkalackal kidnapped in West Champaran

1990

Manipur Fr. Mathew killed in Imphal.

1990

Maharastra Sr. Sylvia killed in Mumbai.

1990

Maharastra Sr. Priya killed in Mumbai.

1990

Uttar Pradesh Three nuns beaten and two raped in Gajraula.

1991

Manipur Fr. P. X. Francis manhandled

1992

M. P. A priest manhandled in Ujjain.

1992

M. P. Nuns manhandled in Ujjain.

1992

Uttar Pradesh Church building razed by a mob, worshippers and children beaten up in village Pahenia of Khatima Tehsil in Udham Singh Nagar district.

1992

Uttar Pradesh Christians in Pahenia, Khatima assaulted and brutalized.

1992

Uttar Pradesh Pastor Das murdered in Pahenia, Khatima.

1992

Punjab Fr. Angelus Anthony manhandled in Amloh, Fatehgarh Sahib.

1992

Punjab Nine nuns manhandled in Amritsar.

1993

Punjab Sr. Maria manhandled in Amloh, Fatehgarh Sahib.

1993

Punjab Sr. Almy killed in Amloh, Fatehgarh Sahib.

1993

Maharashtra Fr. Louis Moolaveetil killed in Nagpur.

1994

Bihar Fr. Lawrence Kujur killed in Gumla.

1994

Bihar Fr. Joseph Dungdung. killed in Gumla.

1994

Bihar Br. Anup Induvar killed in Gumla.

1994

Kerala Sr. Abhaya killed in Kottayam.

1995

Uttar Pradesh Nuns manhandled in Mariamnagar, Ghaziabad.

1995

Bihar Two priests killed in Gumla.

1995

West Bengal One priest killed in Raiganj.

1995

Madhya Pradesh Sr. Rani Maria killed in Indore.

1995

Uttar Pradesh Sr. Stanislaus killed in Suryanagar.

1995

Uttar Pradesh Sr. Effy manhandled in Suryanagar

1995

Uttar Pradesh Sr. Cecil manhandled in Suryanagar.

1995

Uttar Pradesh Sr. Stella manhandled in Suryanagar

1995

Uttar Pradesh Sr. Angeli manhandled in Suryanagar

1995

Assam Sr. Augustina killed in Assam.

1996

Madhya Pradesh Fr. L. Bridget and Sr. Vridhi Ekka jailed in Ambikapur, Sarguja district, charged with converting tribals.

1996

Assam Sr. Lily shot dead by Bodo militants in St. Joseph's Convent at Bansbari.

1996

Gujarat: Churches were damaged in Dona village

1996

Gujarat: Churches were damaged in Halmodi village

 

VIOLENCE IN 1 9 9 7

March 20

Uttar Pradesh: Annual Spiritual Convention of the Love of the Cross Team Fellowship interrupted and stopped by the police in Khatima.

July 30

Maharashtra: Shiv Sena corporator Neeta Naik rebukes and threatens principals of six leading Catholic schools for denying admissions to recommendations from Sena men.

September 2

Bihar: Fr. Christudas beaten and paraded naked publicly in Dumka

October 25

Punjab: VHP activists disrupt prayer meetings badly injuring six people in Ludhiana.

Uttar Pradesh: Fr. Devasia manhandled in Khera, Ghaziabad.

October 27

Bihar: Fr. A. T. Thomas killed in Hazaribagh

October 30

Gujarat: Tribal Christian families manhandled by armed miscreants in Ojada.

November

Gujarat: Christian convention at Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium was disturbed in November 1997 when during the evening session, alleged VHP volunteers came up to the stage and snatched the mike, while the preacher was singing devotional songs. They shouted Hindu slogans through the mike. Cables were cut and a Matador van parked on the ground was damaged

November

Rajasthan: Christian houses attacked repeatedly in Banswara district.
VHP activists threaten the Christian to leave this district within 3 years.

November 13

Gujarat: Umerpada village. 24 Christians were harassed by the police inspector G. M. Damor of Dangs Police Station on November 13, 1997 on a false complaint allegedly made by a local VHP activist Kalu Chhibadia of Ghadavi village.

November 22

Manipur: The principal of Don Bosco School, Fr. Jose Nedumattathil murdered in Maran.

November 25

Gujarat: In Kudkas village, on November 25 1997, evangelist Premchand was going home on a cycle at 11 p.m. after finishing a prayer meeting when he was beaten by the police Patel.

December

Gujarat: The members of the Varanasi Kalyan Parishad attack the tribal Christians in Ahwa Dangs District.

December 26

Gujarat: Dagadpada village: On December 26 1997, a day after Christmas, adivasis celebrating the festival were stoned and harassed the entire night by CPI Damor and others and were put in jail for no reason at the height of their festival celebrations.

December 25

Gujarat: Pipalwada, Vyara taluka, Surat district: one group of 2,000 people of Hindu fundamentalists came to demolish churches and disrupt the Christmas celebrations, arranged in the churches there. Series of attacks on Christian tribals allegedly by Vanvasi Kalyan Parished.

 

VIOLENCE IN 1998

January

Bihar: Fr. William Topno seriously injured as the result of an attack on him in Bonsgaon.

January

Maharastra: Paul Nagendran and his team were beaten up in Hingoli. Nagendran lies paralysed.

February 2

A group of Christians in Ayyampalayam in Erode district were brutally attacked.

February

Haryana: A graveyard belonging to the Christian community was captured illegally and a grave desecrated and destroyed in Hansi.

February 14

Maharastra: A hospital run by the Indian Catholic Association ransacked by the RSS activists in Latur.

February

Gujarat: Divan Tembrum village. The heads of the village, police Patel Ramesh Avasu and Suresh Mahru, rushed to the prayer hall while prayers were taking place at 8 p.m. The Christians were beaten up with police sticks. A complaint was made to the police but no action has been taken.

February

Tamil Nadu: Bethany Fellowship Church was destroyed in Erode

March 2

Gujarat: Padra, Baroda District. A group of people were distributing handbills concerning an oncoming Christian meeting scheduled to be held on Baroda polo grounds during 4th to 7th March, 1998. VHP-Bajrang Dal, Durga Vahini young men came out in large numbers and started severely beating the group, which included a few foreign tourists. One woman, who was pregnant, was kicked with boots. Another woman's frock was torn. They were not only severely beaten but also forced them to chant the names of Hindu gods. Later the police came on the scene and took the victims to the Padra police station and detained them there for a long time.

March 4

Gujarat: Vadodara (Baroda), Attack in the Baroda polo ground on peaceful Christian minority group. Jesus Mahotsav meeting was scheduled to be conducted on the polo ground Baroda, during 4th to 7th March, 1998 with due permissions from the authorities. Necessary arrangements for this meeting were made including erection of a dais for the speakers and another pulpit for the singing team. A group of about 300 young volunteers allegedly of the VHP-Bajrang Dal descended on the stage and on the polo ground, where a large audience was patiently waiting for viewing the listening the programme.. The group began running among the audience, blowing whistles and bursting fire crackers, thereby creating great commotion and panic among the entire gathering. They resorted to severely and mercilessly beating the audience. On an earlier day they tried to set the stage on fire, when it was being erected. Some people in the audience received such severe injuries including fractured hands and head injuries. A Maruti 800 car (No GJ-6-AA 308) belonging to one of the participants was burnt. The trouble makers also destroyed musical instruments, the loss of which is estimated to be around Rs 2 lakh. The buses engaged for transporting the participants in the meeting were prevented from taking off. The stranded participants using public transport at the bus stands were singled out and were mercilessly beaten.

March 12

Tamil Nadu: M. Anandan of Kilapalaur village in Thirunelveli District was assaulted.

March 13

Maharastra: Pilgrims attacked by some religious fanatics in Khanvel.

March 25

Bihar: Luke Putaniyil of Missionaries of Charity murdered in Noeada, a place about 120kms. from Patna..

April

Maharashtra: A group of Christians in Brahamini Village in Nagpur District were assaulted and have been harassed over the last four months.

April 3

Gujarat: A Christian convention organized in the polo ground was attacked by the members of the

VHP and Bajrang Dal in Baroda.

April

A.P.: VHP activists threaten to destroy the Gibson Central Baptist Church in Kurnool.

April 9

Tamil Nadu: Bro. Paul Raj of Chidambarpur village in Tenkasi Tehsil was assaulted by the village headman.

April 11

Gujarat: Palanpur. Attack on Christian gathering during the Passion week on 11th April, 1998:. The united meeting of Christian communities of Palanpur at the Municipal hall during the passion week (Crucifixion of Jesus Christ) on 10,11 & 12th April, 1998 : was attacked on 11 April in the afternoon around 4 pm when some 30-35 members allegedly of the VHP/Bajrang Dal forcibly entered the Municipal hall from behind the climbing the compound wall, armed with hockey sticks, cricket bats, iron rods, etc. They destroyed the food being prepared for about 250 guests, damaged vessels, entered the next room where some women and children were resting, and beat them. They damaged a Tata bus of the mission which was parked on the ground near the hall. The damage is estimated at Rs 35,000/-.

April 16

Gujarat: NARODA (Ahmedabad). Church under construction razed to the ground by the Gram Panchayat The St Antony's Church, Prayer hall, Community hall and Medical Centre which were under different stages of construction, near the Murlidhar society in Naroda (Ahmedabad suburb) were destroyed in the presence of a large and armed gathering. There are many religious and other structures which are illegally constructed, in the Naroda Gram Panchayat area and AUDA area, and even in the Capital city of Gandhinagar, but only the Christian buildings were targeted.

Naroda: St. Mary's School, run by the Jacobites, was vandalized on the pretext that Sanskrit was not taught there. Among other religious articles, a statue of the Virgin Mary was badly damaged

May 5

Kerala: "Little Flower Church" attacked by armed miscreants in

Koshippily.

May 11

Maharashtra: Shiv Sena activists attacked Father Octavio Nevis with iron rods in Ambernath.

May 15

Bihar: Brother Modestus Tirkey, headmaster of a Catholic school attacked in Ranchi.

May 18

Gujarat: Miscreants attacked and stoned the jeep of a Catholic priest Xavier Amalraj at Pipalvada near Zankhvav breaking the windshield and injuring one of the occupants of the jeep.

June 1

Maharastra: Christians beaten and 6 houses destroyed.

June 12

Gujarat: Prayer hall was broken into and robbed in Dhavlidod.

June 16

Maharastra: Christians of Friends Missionary Prayer Band were beaten by Sarpanch and their houses destroyed.

June 16

Maharastra: St. Savariyar Church at Srilankapada, Malad in Mumbai was demolished by the Municipal Corporation.

June 17

Gujarat: The principal of St Xaviers's School, Deputy Collector with the express orders of the Collector, Surat, and with police came to search and confiscate records of admissions and students who had applied. Another school, Lourdes Convent, was also humiliated with such orders-to-search-and-confiscate. The principal complained that the district education officer too was constantly harassing with threats of derecognition and cutting off of grants. The principal alleged that the collector's office was involved in the attempt to implicate the two schools.

June 21

Gujarat: Singana village in Dangs Prayer hall burnt

June 26

Gujarat: Prayer hall burnt at 8:30 p.m. in Lahan Kadmad village in Dangs District.

June 29

Gujarat: Prayer hall in Umarpada attacked but assailants failed to set it on fire.

July 7

Gujarat: Churches were damaged in Dhavlijod village

July 8

Gujarat: Kapadwanj, Nadiad district (old Kheda district) : The body of Samuel Christian, a Methodist Christian, was exhumed allegedly by VHP activists from the cemetery at Kapadvanj and dumped near the Methodist church. A group of Vaghris, an OBC community, had encroached on the cemetery-land while the police and the administration have been allegedly not taking prompt action.

July 11

Maharashtra: Two Christian workers beaten in Bhind.

July 12

Gujarat: Christians gathered for Sunday worship when village Patel Baburao Gavit allegedly rushed in brandishing a bottle and threatened the Christians. The same day, the church lock was broken, and the Cross removed from the prayer hall in Dhavalidod.

July 16

Gujarat: Zankhav village of Mangrol taluka, Surat District: The Shantiniketan High School, run by the Jesuit priests of the Loyola Education Trust, was broken into and stoned on July 16. A tractor was driven into the premises and the playground for children was ploughed. Damage to the tune of Rs. 15,000 was caused. The land in question was the property of the late Shantilal Shah who handed it over to the Loyola Education Trust to build a school in 1984. The Fathers have been running the school which caters to the tribal students of neighbouring villages and the residents of Zankhav town (out of the 720 students enrolled, 152 are Christians and the rest belong to other religions). The "Gujarat Samachar" and the "Sandesh" dailies, had been systematically printing inflammatory and vicious articles in Gujarati that the priests were forcibly converting tribals to Christianity and that only Christian children were being admitted into the school. Two truck-loads of hooligans from the nearby Wadi village were let loose in Zankhvav market the next day . In the ensuing violence, the parents of three students were arrested. Rather than take punitive measures against the evil-doers, the Gujarat State Government (BJP), seems to be a tacit endorser of the destructive activities that have been carried out and are being carried out to create fear among the tribals and to paralyse the good work done by Christian groups.

July 17

Karnataka: Bajrang Dal conducts simultaneous raids all over Karnataka, forcing their way into Christian schools and Convents. Cluny convent, Bangalore; the Sacred Heart Convent, Keshwapur, Hubli; the St. Mary's Convent School, Christ the King Convent School, Nirmala Convent School, St. Joseph's Convent School and Carmel Convent School, all in Mysore; the St. Joseph's Convent School and St. John's Convent School in Mandya and the St. Joseph's Girl's High School in Bellary reported such raids.


July 17

Karnataka:. Bajrang Dal conducts simultaneous raids all over Karnataka, forcing their way into Christian schools and Convents



July 17

Karnataka, Cluny Convent in Bangalore attacked by Bajrang Dal activists

July 17

Karnataka, Sacred Heart Convent in Hubli attacked by Bajrang Dal activists.

July 17

Karnataka, St. Mary's Convent school in Mysore attacked by the Bajrang Dal activists.


July 17

Karnataka, Christ the King convent attacked in Mysore by Bajrang Dal activists.


July 17

Karnataka, Nirmala Convent in Mysore attacked by Bajrang Dal activists.

July 17

Karnataka, St. Joseph's Convent School in Mysore attacked by Bajrang Dal.


July 17

Karnataka, Carmel Convent in Mysore attacked by Bajrang Dal activists


July 17

Karnataka, St. Joseph's Convent in Mandya attacked by Bajrang Dal activists.



July 17

Karnataka, St. John's Convent in Mandya attacked by Bajrang Dal.

July 17

Karnataka, St. Joseph's Girl's school in Bellary attacked by Bajrang Dal activists.



July 17

Bajrang Dal activists forced their way into St. Mary's Convent School while the Assembly was on and spat on the face of a nun who protested.



July

Karnataka: Bajrang Dal activists forced their way into St. Mary's Convent School while the Assembly was on and spat on the face of a nun who protested.


July 18

Gujarat: In Bhapkal Village in Dangs District, a prayer hall was burnt and Christians harassed allegedly by one Bansha Bapu Pawar of the same village.


July 18

Tamil Nadu: Assemblies of God's church believers and workers beaten and materials looted in Anaaipalayam.


July 18

Gujarat: In Bhapkal Village in Dangs District, a prayer hall was burnt and Christians harassed allegedly by one Bansha Bapu Pawar of the same village.


July 18

Tamil Nadu: Assemblies of God's church believers and workers beaten and materials looted in Anaaipalayam.


July 20

Gujarat, Rajkot: Copies of the Holy Bible (New Testament) were burnt by alleged VHP and Bajrang Dal activists at the I.P. Mission School, Rajkot. The miscreants claimed that the school authorities, in connivance with the Gideon Society, were trying to forcibly convert the children into Christianity because on the last page of the New Testament, readers were expected to sign a note stating that they had accepted Jesus Christ as their Saviour.



July 20

Gujarat: Rajkot: Copies of the Holy Bible (New Testament) were burnt by alleged VHP and Bajrang Dal activists at the I.P. Mission School, Rajkot. The miscreants claimed that the school authorities, in connivance with the Gideon Society, were trying to forcibly convert the children into Christianity because on the last page of the New Testament, readers were expected to sign a note stating that they had accepted Jesus Christ as their Saviour.

July 23

Gujarat, Borkhal Village: revenue Thallathi (official) Kalu Mana Gaikwad allegedly connived with local Hindu activists and late at night attacked and injured Adivasis who were at prayer in the prayer hall. The adivasis were beaten up, and later false cases filed against them.


July 23

Gujarat: Borkhal Village: revenue Thallathi (official) Kalu Mana Gaikwad allegedly connived with local Hindu activists and late at night attacked and injured Adivasis who were at prayer in the prayer hall. The adivasis were beaten up, and later false cases filed against them.


July 23

New Delhi: Delhi Government attempts to close down churches because the serving of sacramental wine violates liquor laws.


July 23

New Delhi, Delhi Government attempts to close down churches because the serving of sacramental wine violates liquor laws.


July 24

Gujarat In Isar, a small village 10 kms. from Zankhav, where also the Catholic Priests are working, a group of RSS and Bajrang Dal activists attacked the Christians and terrorised them. They added insult to injury by filing a case against the Christians themselves resulting in the arrest of 14 Christians.


July 24

Gujarat: In Isar, a small village 10 kms. from Zankhav, where also the Catholic Priests are working, a group of RSS and Bajrang Dal activists attacked the Christians and terrorised them. They added insult to injury by filing a case against the Christians themselves resulting in the arrest of 14 Christians.


July 25

Gujarat, Hindu activists exhumed a buried body of a Christian in Gandhinagar


July 25

Gujarat: Hindu activists exhumed a buried body of a Christian in Gandhinagar.

July 27

Gujarat, Darapada village,, Christian believer Ulus Ramji Pawar was attacked and killed allegedly by one Dinesh Nana Bhoye of Darpada and other, and a false complaint lodged against the murdered man


July 27

Gujarat: Darapada village,, Christian believer Ulus Ramji Pawar was attacked and killed allegedly by one Dinesh Nana Bhoye of Darpada and other, and a false complaint lodged against the murdered man.


August 9

Gujarat, Church demolished by RSS people in Ahmedabad.



August 9

Gujarat: Church demolished by RSS people in Ahmedabad.

August 13

Manipur, Two Catholic priests manhandled by an Army Colonel.


August 13

Manipur: Two Catholic priests manhandled by an Army Colonel.


August 15

U.P.: O.M. workers distributing tracts in Robertsganj were brutally assaulted by youth belonging to the Bajrang Dal, Shiv Sena, and VHP.


August 15

Uttar Pradesh, O.M. workers distributing tracts in Robertsganj were brutally assaulted by youth belonging to the Bajrang Dal, Shiv Sena, and VHP.



August 25

West Bengal: Bikashdas of MCI assaulted by Trinamool MP Sudip Bandhpadhyay in Calcutta

August 25

West Bengal, Bikashdas of MCI assaulted by Trinamool MP Sudip Bandhpadhyay in Calcutta

August 31

Bihar, A Catholic church demolished in Kobatoli village in Gumla District.


August 31

Bihar: A Catholic church demolished in Kobatoli village in Gumla District.


September 2

Uttar Pradesh: Activists of Hindu Jagran Manch, Bajrang Dal and Rana Tharu Parishad broke into the Union Church in Amaun, two kilometers east of Khatima, in Udham Singh Nagar District. They put up an idol of Shiva in the church and worshipped it for about two hours.


September 23

M. P.: Father Edward Sarel attacked by a crowd led by BJP MLA Shailendra Pradhan in Jhamli, about 10 kms from Jhabua.


September 23

U. P. : Nuns in a Clarist Convent were attacked in Bhagpat.


September 23

M.P.: A Convent near Jhabua was broken into by armed miscreants, the Chapel disecrated and four nuns raped.


September 23

Madhya Pradesh, Father Edward Sarel attacked by a crowd led by BJP MLA Shailendra Pradhan in Jhamli, about 10 kms from Jhabua.



September 23

Uttar Pradesh, Nuns in a Clarist Convent were attacked in Bhagpat


September 25

Madhya Pradesh, Armed miscreants break into a Convent in Jhabua, desecrate the Chapel and brutally raped four nuns

September 26

Uttar Pradesh: The subdivisional magistrate, Mr. Yadav, along with the Police Station Officer, Mr. R. D. Rai and Sub-inspectors Mr. Girija Singh and Mr. Shri Ram Mishra along with seven policemen forced their way into the Jiwan Jyoti Christian Hospital Campus in Robertsganj. They threatened a group of about 32 seekers and misbehaved with the medical superintendent, Dr. (Mrs.) Monica Benjamin


September 26

U.P.: The subdivisional magistrate, Mr. Yadav, along with the Police Station Officer, Mr. R. D. Rai and Sub-inspectors Mr. Girija Singh and Mr. Shri Ram Mishra along with seven policemen forced their way into the Jiwan Jyoti Christian Hospital Campus in Robertsganj. They threatened a group of about 32 seekers and misbehaved with the medical superintendent, Dr. (Mrs.) Monica Benjamin.


September 26

New Delhi:. A Statue of St. Bernard was hacked and thrown out of the compound of Jesus and Mary College in New Delhi.



September 26

U.P.: Activists of Hindu Jagran Manch, Bajrang Dal and Rana Tharu Parishad broke into the Union Church in Amaun, two kilometers east of Khatima, in Udham Singh Nagar District. They put up an idol of Shiva in the church and worshipped it for about two hours.


September 26

New Delhi: A Statue of St. Bernard was hacked and thrown out of the compound of Jesus and Mary College in New Delhi.


September 30

Delhi: New. Acharya Giriraj Kishor, the Secretary-General of the VHP, warned Christian missionaries to leave India.



September 30

New Delhi: Acharya Giriraj Kishor, the Secretary-General of the VHP, warned Christian missionaries to leave India.



October 7

Uttar Pradesh : Christy Jyoti Convent Public School threatened by villagers of Baghpat and Meerut Districts.



October 7

U.P. : Christy Jyoti Convent Public School threatened by villagers of Baghpat and Meerut Districts.


October 9

Gujarat: Home Minister of Gujarat, Mr. Haren Pandya threatens evangelist Roger Houstma of legal action if he continues with his preaching and healing meetings in Gandhinagar.


October 9

Gujarat: Home Minister of Gujarat, Mr. Haren Pandya threatens evangelist Roger Houstma of legal action if he continues with his preaching and healing meetings in Gandhinagar.

October 10

Gujarat: Mr. Roger Houstma's meetings attacked in Rajkot.



October 10

Gujarat: Mr. Roger Houstma's meetings attacked in Rajkot.


October 16

Maharashtra: Armed miscreants attacked a gathering of men, women and children at Kumbale village, Nasik and the prayer house was demolished.



October 30

Gujarat: Attack on delegates attending the National Christian Conference in Baroda. Delegates beaten up brutally by belts, chains, and sticks.



October 30

Gujarat: Attack on delegates attending the National Christian Conference in Baroda. Delegates beaten up brutally by belts, chains, and sticks.


November 4

Gujarat: In village Borigautha near vaghai in Dangs district, miscreatns tried to burn down a chapel. The miscreants also set fire to some structures in the village and looted the people.



November 4

Gujarat: Churches were damaged in Nirgudmal village



November 5

Gujarat: Churches were burnt in Gadhavi village



November 9

Haryana: A Catholic convent was broken into in Jhajjar District in Kheda Khummar Village and two nuns, Sr. Daisy and Sr. Litsy were assaulted and asked to leave the place.



November 9

Haryana: A Catholic convent was broken into in Jhajjar District in Kheda Khummar Village and two nuns, Sr. Daisy and Sr. Litsy were assaulted and asked to leave the place.


November 11

Gujarat: In village Borigautha near vaghai in Dangs district, miscreatns tried to burn down a chapel. The miscreants also set fire to some structures in the village and looted the people.


November 11

(Gujarat) : In Daghunia village near the Saputara road in Dangs district, several Christian tribals were beaten up including a sickly lady. Several families were taken to Unai in forced to bathe in the hot springs as a kind of `purification.' The woman and her husband were again terrorised and assaulted. The elected sarpanch sided with the miscreatns and has now decreed that the Christians should not draw water from the village well, and should not send thier cattle with the animals of other villagers to the jungles to graze. In another decree, the village Sarpanch had said the Christians would no longer be given work in any government or government aided project.



November 12

Gujarat: Churches were burnt in Kamath village



November

Gujarat: In Daghunia village near the Saputara road in Dangs district, several Christian tribals were beaten up including a sickly lady. Several families were taken to Unai in forced to bathe in the hot springs as a kind of 'purification.' The woman and her husband were again terrorised and assaulted. The elected sarpanch sided with the miscreatns and has now decreed that the Christians should not draw water from the village well, and should not send thier cattle with the animals of other villagers to the jungles to graze. In another decree, the village Sarpanch had said the Christians would no longer be given work in any government or government aided project.



November

Continuing harassment and violence against Christians in Dharampur, South Gujarat:


November

Jamalpadam village: Adivasi Christians of the village were beaten up allegedly by VHP activists.


November

- Pipalyamal village. In complicity between police officer Damor and local VHP activist Gamaj Gavli, Christians have been routinely harassed and threatened.



November

- Jarsol Village; The Gujarat Samachar, against which the Christians have made several complaints, reported, falsely, that Adivasi Christians of the village had slaughtered and eaten a cow. False complaints were filed by the police officer, G. M. Damor, and many Christians were implicated and locked up.



November

Gujarat: Continuing harassment and violence against Christians in Dharampur, South Gujarat.



November

Gujarat: Jamalpadam village: Adivasi Christians of the village were beaten up allegedly by VHP activists.



November

Gujarat: Pipalyamal village. In complicity between police officer Damor and local VHP activist Gamaj Gavli, Christians have been routinely harassed and threatened.



November

Gujarat: Jarsol Village; The Gujarat Samachar, against which the Christians have made several complaints, reported, falsely, that Adivasi Christians of the village had slaughtered and eaten a cow. False complaints were filed by the police officer, G. M. Damor, and many Christians were implicated and locked up.


November 14

Gujarat: Churches were burnt in Lahanchariya village



November 18

Bihar: Mr. James Punnoose attacked by armed miscreants in village Boreya, Ranchi.