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In Karnataka, Right-Wing Groups Set Christian Religious Books On Fire


The incident in Kolar is the thirty eighth assault on non secular minorities in Karnataka within the final 12 months

Bengaluru:

Members of right-wing teams have set hearth to Christian non secular books in Kolar in Karnataka, alleging conversions by the church within the newest communal assault in opposition to Christians in Karnataka. No arrest has been made within the case. The police mentioned the Christian neighborhood was warned in opposition to distributing non secular booklets. No member of any right-wing group has been arrested.  

“We’ve warned the Christian neighborhood to not create any communal disharmony by going door-to-door and preaching. Each events, the appropriate wing and the Christian neighborhood members have settled the matter amicably,” an officer mentioned on situation of anonymity.

The incident came about when representatives of the Christian neighborhood had been going door-to-door as a part of a preaching drive. They had been intercepted and questioned by members of the right-wing teams, who then snatched the booklets and set them on hearth.

Admitting that they had been burning non secular books, one of many proper wing members insisted that they “didn’t act violently”. “We didn’t hassle them. They had been distributing books in our neighbourhood and had been propagating about Christianity,” he instructed reporters.

The Kolar incident is the thirty eighth assault on non secular minorities in Karnataka within the final 12 months. There was a wave of such assaults for the reason that BJP-led state authorities began contemplating a invoice to ban forcible non secular conversions.

In line with a Truth Discovering report documented by the United Christians Discussion board, Affiliation for Safety of Civil Rights and United In opposition to Hate, from January to September this yr, 32 assaults on church buildings and the Christian neighborhood have taken place. Between October and December, six assaults have been reported.

On Sunday, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai mentioned the invoice on forcible non secular conversion can be up for dialogue within the Winter Session of the state meeting and this was meant to keep away from the pressured conversions which are rampant within the state.

“The invoice is just to stop non secular conversions by inducements,” Mr Bommai mentioned. “A majority of individuals need related regulation to be introduced within the state after finding out the legal guidelines enacted in different states,” he added in a reference to a regulation in Uttar Pradesh.

BJP-ruled Haryana can be contemplating related regulation.

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