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Fr Stan’s arrest figures in UK Parliament: UK govt says, Indian authorities were ‘alerted’ – National Herald

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According to Leigh, “Hindus feel that theirs is the religion of India”, and appeared to agree to the popular view in India that Muslims are procreating in order to change the demographic balance. He said, “Despite the electoral success of Modi and the BJP, it has to be said that although Hindus are still the overwhelming part of the population, their proportion of the population has been declining. No doubt that engenders a feeling of threat.”

Referring to the the anti-conversion laws, he said, “Between 1967 and 2020, six states introduced laws or ordinances aiming to stop conversions. It is a dangerous thing to convert to Christianity in India.” Even as pointing out that “it is even more dangerous to convert to Christianity in Pakistan”, he insisted, “We have to condemn absolutely this feeling in many countries of the world that it is wrong to convert or change religion, in any direction.”

Quoting a reported by Aid to the Church in Need, he said, “There was no sign of anti-Christian violence abating during India’s Covid-19 lockdown. In the first six months of 2020 one Indian NGO recorded 293 cases of persecution.” He quoted Bishop Gerald Almeida of Jabalpur, who said, “It is a cause of concern with the Church because Christians are being killed and beaten. There are much more attacks than ten years ago. Fundamentalism is a real problem.”
Claiming that the the Indian government’s own figures show “an upward trend in inter-religious violence”, “In 2016, 86 people were killed in sectarian violence and 2,321 were injured in 703 incidents. The following year, that rose to 111 people killed and 2,384 injured; there were 822 incidents in 2017.” Singling out anti-Christians attacks, he added, “Between 2017 and the end of March 2019, there were more than 1,000 individual attacks on Christians.”

“The attacks are widespread”, he said, adding, “In recent years, they have taken place in 24 out of India’s 29 states. In Odisha state in May 2019, local officials sent a team of 50 workers to demolish a Christian school and children’s hostel near Lichapeta. The school’s application for recognition of land tenure was suspiciously lost.”

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