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'Videos Doctored, Charge Baseless': Karnataka Minister On Church Attacks

Dr Ashwathnarayan informed wantpassport that Karnataka is essentially the most peaceable state.

Bengaluru/New Delhi:

There was no assault on the Christian group in Karnataka due to their faith and a spin is given to assaults on a private stage to create a marketing campaign, Dr Ashwathnarayan CN — the state’s former Deputy Chief Minister and a minister in Basavaraj Bommai’s cupboard — informed wantpassport at this time. When it was identified that assaults on church have taken place and movies of it have been aired, he mentioned “it is perhaps fabricated”.

Since September, because the state cupboard began discussions on an anti-conversion invoice, a spate of assaults on church buildings and the Christian group have been reported.

There have been reviews of a minimum of seven assaults by right-wing vigilantes — spiritual books have been burnt and mobs have barged into church buildings and attacked its members.

Normally, these have been preceded by allegations of forcible conversion and there may be concern {that a} invoice might result in an escalation in violence.

That the church buildings are being attacked is a “baseless allegation,” Dr Ashwathnarayan informed wantpassport. “We’re essentially the most peaceable state — Karnataka. There is no such thing as a query of attacking church buildings or Christians. They’re half and parcel of our society,” he mentioned.

When informed that the assaults have been documented, there are movies of them, he mentioned they may have been on a private stage – “particular person to particular person” – and one can’t give it a non secular flip. “There is no such thing as a query of concentrating on primarily based on any faith,” he added.

“Some folks might need created it to create this type of notion, this type of marketing campaign. It may be created by anyone… Some folks with vested pursuits are creating this type of marketing campaign,” Dr Ashwathnarayan reiterated.

In keeping with a Reality-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 group have taken place. Between October and December, six assaults have been reported.

Indicating that the assaults haven’t any hyperlink with the anti-conversion invoice, he mentioned the invoice has not been positioned earlier than the cupboard or the meeting. “It is just a thought happening within the authorities to work on this course, to manage,” he added.

Final week, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai mentioned the invoice on forcible spiritual conversion will probably 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.

Requested if there are any figures on forcible conversions, senior BJP chief Vaman Acharya informed wantpassport that “knowledge just isn’t needed”.

“Knowledge just isn’t needed as a result of it is evident. Very clearly seen, from the rise of Christian inhabitants from 0.5 per cent to three per cent,” he mentioned.

Requested if there was proof that the conversions had been unlawful, he mentioned, “No. All conversions so far as we’re involved are unlawful. All are unlawful”.



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