March 25, 2023

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Why attacks on Christians are on the rise in some Indian states

  • Imran Qureshi
  • BBC Hindi, Bangalore

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Christians are a religious minority in India. The poster reads, “Do not kill innocents.”

One Sunday last October, Pastor Somu Avarathi was surprised when he entered his church in Hubli, Karnataka, in the southern Indian state of Karnataka.

“People were sitting inside singing Hindu songs and chanting slogans,” he told the BBC.

The pastor called the police, but when they arrived the protesters accused him of abusing a Hindu and forcing him to convert to Christianity.

The pastor was arrested – on charges of “insulting any religious sentiments” – and spent 12 days in jail before being released on bail.