Attacks on Christians in Southern India on the rise again
According to The Indian Express, attacks on Christians and their places of worship have sharply increased in India’s Karnataka state after the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led government proposed the enactment of an anti-conversion law.
In a report released by the United Christian Forum (UCF), the Association for Protection of Civil Rights (APCR), and United Against Hate, Karnataka ranks third among states with the highest number of attacks on Christians and their places of worship. According to that report, Uttar Pradesh reported the most attacks, with 66, followed by Chhattisgarh, with 47, and then Karnataka, with 32.
“While a total of 32 such cases were reported across the months since January, at least five of them have taken place in quick succession in the months of October and November,” Advocate Mohammed Nayaz, State Secretary of APCR Karnataka, told The Indian Express.
“Karnataka seems to have lost its humanity despite being known for progressive politics and being the IT hub of the country,” Reverend Peter Machado, President of the Karnataka Region Catholic Bishops’ Council, told The Indian Express. Reverend Machado went on to note that the number of attacks in Karnataka is likely higher that what is reported due to fear of reprisals.
The spike in persecution can be attributed to the anti-conversion law the BJP-led government wants to enact in the state. On the 29th of September, Karnataka Chief Minister B.C. Bommai publicly announced his plan to enact an anti-conversion law in Karnataka. This law will likely be passed by the government during the Winter Session of the Assembly that is schedule to begin on the 13th of December.