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Why attacks on Christians?

Samuel Mathai

Christians, who are only 2.3 per cent of the mammoth over 125 crore population of the nation, are seems to be jittery because of the terror allegedly unleashed by the so-called ‘protectors’ of the major religion on them, their worship places and institutions in various states of India. They feel helpless amid unprecedented attacks they have been facing for some time.

Scores of incidents of rapes of nuns, murder of nuns, attacks on pastors and priests, burning of churches, attacks on churches, Christian institutions and Christian congregations have been reported by the media from time to time, whereas, a lot ones have gone unreported also, in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh states. In some cases the guardians of law have initiated action, whereas in a vast number of cases, no action has been taken so far.

Is it not a matter of introspection by one and all that why these attacks were unleashed on Christians, especially on nuns, priests, pastors and worshippers? Are they criminals, anti-socials, anti-nationals, law-breakers or militants? If not, why these law-abiding citizens of India are being attacked, harassed and persecuted, for no fault of them?

Any right-thinking person can sense that these attacks were being made not for the personal gain of the attackers, but they are being used as pawns by some as a part of their political agenda. In fact, Christians are being victimized for their faith. If the Christians are preaching the Gospel, it is their bounden duty to do so, because their Master (Jesus Christ) had commanded them to go and preach the gospel and make disciples of all nations. And the Indian Constitutions has also given this liberty to every citizen to profess his faith. “It is not right in God’s sight to obey men rather than God.”

Catholic nun gang-raped in Chhattisgarh

On June 20 last, a Catholic nun in her late 40s was gang-raped in Raipur, the capital city of Chhattisgarh in Central India. However, no arrest was reportedly made so far in this case.

The victim’s congregation, Salesian Missionaries of Mary Immaculate, said the incident has hurt them deeply. “We could not talk to each other for days,” said one nun on condition of anonymity.

The victim, she said, has not yet recovered from the trauma. Adding to her woe is the regular quizzing by police teams and other groups — so much so that she cringes upon seeing new policewomen who come on rotation to provide her security.

The victim says she was raped, but the police and the administration insist she was only molested (a crime known as “outraging the modesty of a woman,” or sexual assault without penetration), giving the impression that the government wants to downplay the incident.

The National Human Rights Commission has accused the police and the government officials of mishandling the investigation into the rape of the nun. The commission found several deficiencies in the official investigation.

The commission said that the Chhattisgarh government failed to offer the victim compensation, legal aid or psychological counselling as required under Indian law. Fr Sebastian Poomattam, vicar general of the Raipur diocese, said the rights group’s statement has confirmed “all that we have been saying about” the poor police investigation.

Nuns arrested on charge of rape in CG

Last month, the Chhattisgarh police arrested three people, including hostel warden Krist Maria of Jyoti Mission School for their alleged involvement in the molestation case of a minor girl.

Earlier, the trio was booked under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Later, when the medical reports didn’t confirm rape of the victim, Section 376 against the accused was withdrawn. Though the police were confirm that the allegations made against the accused were fabricated, the Chhattisgarh police, under pressure from the anti-social elements and a few politicians, kept the two nuns under custody in Ambikapur Central Jail.

It is a known fact that our law enforcing agency (police) anywhere in the country is too swift in taking action against the people of the minority community on any fake complaint, though they have been proved to be a failure in probing other cases. It gives birth to a feeling that they are also part of the conspiracy.

Communal outrages in MP

The gang-rape of three Catholic nuns and an attack on a Christian missionary centre in Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh lead to allegations of a communal mobilisation to target minorities.

On September 23, a group of people turned up at Priti Sharan, a Catholic mission church-cum-dispensary in Nawapara village in Jhabua district. Claiming that a patient required urgent medical attention, they demanded admittance into the building. The only persons present in the church at that time were four nuns who hailed from Pondicherry and who knew little Hindi. They did not immediately open the door. Thereupon, the gang force opened the door. Over the next two hours, they looted cash and other valuables from the church and raped three of the nuns, whose cries for help went unheeded.

On September 26, another missionary centre at Jamali in the same district came under attack. Some persons tried to break open the door of the premises and later pelted on the premises with stones. However, the administration alleged that some hoodlums were trying to extort money from the centre.

Cold-blooded murder of Sister Rani Maria in MP

Sister Rani Maria, a Roman Catholic nun, was murdered in a knife attack by a hit-man named Samandar Singh at Nachanbore Hill in Indore, Madhya Pradesh on February 25, 1995. The murder was pre-planned because some landlords were offended by her work among the landless poor.

Meanwhile, family members of the slain nun had forgiven the murderer and accepted him as one of their family members. Her younger sister Selmy, who is also a Catholic nun, ties Rakhi on his wrist every year since he was in jail.

The accused who served a prison term for the murder of the Franciscan Clarist nun said that the forgiveness shown to him by the slain nun’s family has given him a “new life.”  Samandhar Singh told Catholic News Service that he experienced a “rebirth” during a 2002 visit by Sister Selmy, the younger sister of slain Sister Rani Maria Vattalil, while he was in prison. 

According to the police, Singh stabbed Sr Rani Maria 54 times in front of more than 50 bus passengers in a jungle area near Udainagar allegedly at the behest of money lenders affected by the nun’s social work among village women who were organising self-help groups. He was convicted of the murder and sentenced to death, but the sentence was commuted to life in prison. 

Proof of impunity of criminals in church robbery

In August last, in Madhya Pradesh, a parish church has been robbed, prompting Church leaders to accuse the state authorities of allowing criminals to commit crimes against Christians with impunity.

The miscreants, taking advantage of darkness, broke into St Joseph Church in Ganj Basoda under Sagar diocese on August 13 and stole an unspecified amount of cash from the collection box, parish officials said.

“This is the third theft from this church” in less than a year, parish priest Nitish Jacob said. The first was on December 3 when thieves entered the presbytery and stole about 1,00,000 rupees. A second attempt took place on February 15, but was foiled when people inside the presbytery woke up.

Bishop Anthony Chirayath of Sagar bemoaned what he said was a complete lack of police action in trying to stop attacks on Christians in the state, which encourages criminals to commit further acts.

Christians have faced a series of attacks since the pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party came to power in the state in December 2003, allege the Church leaders.

“The Church has been continuously denied justice even after proper complaints made to the authorities about assaults, attacks and other criminal cases against it and its members, but to date there isn’t a single example in which the administration has acted properly to boost the trust and confidence of the people,” State Bishops Council spokesperson Fr Maria Stephen said.

A few more incidents of attacks on Christians:

-           On May 13, 2015, the Sayog Ganj police have arrested a group of people praying in Masih Mandir and registered FIR against them in Indore district of MP.

-           On May 8, 2015, Kukshi police have, at the behest of alleged religious fanatics, cancelled permission to conduct a Prarthana Sabha organised in Dhar district of MP.

-           On April 3, 2015, the Chempur police, along with some VHP and Bajrang Dal workers stopped a Good Friday special prayer going on at Dasal Gaon Panchayath in Khargone district.

-           On March 30, 2015, the VHP and Bajrang Dal workers, along with Chempur police, stopped a prayer meeting organised at Hardala Panchayat in Khargone district, even though the organisers had written permission to hold the programme. The miscreants, in front of the police, engaged in pelting with stones and manhandling the organisers, but the police did not take any action or tried to stop them.

-           On March 24, 2015, under the Jabalpur Civil Line Police Station area, around 50 persons, belonged to Dharma Sena and Bajrang Dal attacked the St Peter and Paul Church. They first vandalised the Parish House inside the church premises. Later they attacked the St Thomas and St Aloysius School and roughed up people who had come to participate in a Christian convention. More than a dozen people were injured in the incident, one of them critically. The men, including the chief of the group, were identified from CCTV footage. Six of the accused were released from the police station itself, but the police have failed to arrest the main accused so far.

-           On March 1, 2015, a group of Hindu Jagran Manch (HJM) activists stormed the Christian prayer meeting under Jobat Police Station area in Alirajpur district of Madhya Pradesh. The activists raised slogans outside the prayer hall, accusing the Christians of converting the local tribal people by “inducement”. The mob was lead by HJM activist Pratap Singh Dawar.

-           On December 28, 2014, in Indore, the Bajrang Dal and the Dharm Jagaran Manch activists attacked the inter-religious prayer programme organised by the Sadbhavana foundation headed by former Advocate General of Madhya Pradesh Anand Mohan Mathur after taking due permission. The activists dragged Fr Prasad and Bro Sleeva to the police station. They hit and abused them, but the police took no action against the accused. 

-           In December 2014, a Christian couple was taken to custody and booked under the anti-conversion law by Goganva police in Khargone district of MP, on the allegation of a Hindu woman that she had been offered Rs 5,000 every month if she is converted to Christianity.

-           On December 12, 2014, the Ratlam police have booked some Christian convention organisers under the anti-conversion law, even though there was no evidence of forced religious conversion.

-           On September 25, 2014 a church in Mandla district was burnt down by unidentified miscreants. Police have not been able to nab the culprits so far.

-           On September 12, 2014, in Khargone, Madhya Pradesh, a group of five members of Mizoram Missionary Society were arrested on false charges of offering money to a labourer to embrace Christianity.

-           On August 30, 2014, a group of people attacked a priest, nuns, teachers and workers inside a school campus under Intkhedi police station area in Bhopal district, but the police did not take any action.

-           On August 21, 2014, in Paanigao, under Kataphod police station area, fundamentalists attacked a Church and Convent.

-           On August 17, 2014, in Sukhiya, Indore, two Christian preachers were arrested on alleged religious conversion charge.

-           On June 30, 2014, in Killoda village in Dewas district, a pastor was severely beaten up by a mob of about 150 assailants during an afternoon prayer meeting.

-           On June 14, 2014, in Katni, Madhya Pradesh, a group of people from the fundamentalist groups attacked Christians in prayer and tore the Holy Bible, but the police refused to take action against any of the offenders.

The present situation smacks of some viciousness and a kind of a hate campaign against the community. It seems all this is done with impunity because there is an unspoken acceptance and even encouragement from the powers that be. This could also be a frantic effort to spread panic among the people of the community by creating such incidents on regular interval and that is exactly what the right-wing forces want.

However, some have called these attacks ‘deliberate attempts’ to intimidate the Christian community.