Anti-Christian violence increases in Andhra Pradesh - GCIC report
"Attacks against Christian Pastors in the Indian State of Andhra Pradesh are on the rise and a source of concern. These acts of violence are unmotivated. With the excuse of 'stopping conversions,' they target this community," said Sajan George, President of Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC). He also said that both State and the Union Governments, as well as the National Commission for Human Rights should monitor Hindu Vahini, a Hindu fundamentalist group, which has been responsible for several attacks in recent months.
The members of Hindu Vahini group were arrested in the last month for the murder of Evangelical Pastor Sanjeevulu of Vikarabad in Ranga Reddy district and attacks on many Pastors in Nalgonda district, who also had claimed to have killed four pastors in 2004-05. In the recent weeks, the extremists attacked other Protestant leaders.
In January, Rev Christopher Talla was assaulted in the village of Munugode and Rev Gajjala Neeladri Pal was also assaulted in Ipparthi. In December 2013, a group of extremists attacked a Baptist church in Narketpally, accusing without any evidence its pastor, Rev Nama Moses, of conducting forced conversions.
He urged, "Immediate action is needed, especially in view of the general elections. These groups could conduct even more brutal attacks against Christian communities in order to polarise Hindu voters. Such unprovoked attacks threaten India's moral authority and secular nature”.
The Andhra Pradesh Federation of Churches (APFC) demanded the State Government to ensure the ban of Hindu Vahini and other terrorist groups to guarantee the security of Christians and other Minorities.
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