Church Attack

  • Pakistan church attack: Christians burn Pak flag to protest suicide bombings September 25, 2013

    Members of Christian community in Phagwara burnt Pakistan flag and held a demonstration on the Jalandhar-Delhi national highway to protest the deadly twin suicide bombings on a historic church in Peshawar. Members of Christian Samaj Manch led by the outfit's president Dinesh Rojar and Bishop Gulzar Vishaw staged the protest on...
  • Clean chit to Karnataka govt on church attacks January 28, 2011

    New Delhi: The one-man Commission headed by Justice BK Somashekhar appointed to probe the attack on churches in Mangalaore, on Friday, submitted its final report to Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa. The commission gave a clean chit to the police, but it says that not all attacks were spontaneous and that...
  • US condemns attack on church in J-K, Punjab September 13, 2010

    New Delhi: The United States on Monday said it was "dismayed" by reports that a school and a church in Kashmir and Punjab had been attacked by rioters. It also condemned reports that a "misguided individual" in the US had desecrated the Quran, terming it "disrespectful, intolerant, divisive, and un-representative...
  • Yeddyurappa says cut off arms of church vandals January 27, 2010

    Bangalore: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, who has been criticised for vandalisation of churches in the state, on Wednesday said hands of those who indulge in such acts should be "cut off". "I am telling you chop off the hands of these people if you catch them," Yeddyurappa told a...
  • Looking into past: Churches vandalised, peace hit September 11, 2009

    New Delhi: Attacks on churches in Karnataka by unidentified miscreants has highlighted the fragility of communal peace in the region. It is almost a year since churches in Bangalore and Mangalore were vandalised. The opposition Congress is up in arms and has demanded proper protection for the minorities in the...
  • Bajrang Dal vandalise church in Maharashtra town April 20, 2009

    Savner (Maharashtra): Nearly two dozen activists of the Hindu right-wing organisation Bajrang Dal allegedly attacked and vandalised a church in a Mahrashtra town, police said. "Nearly two dozen activists, armed with sticks, barged into the Douglas Memorial Church in Savner around 1100 hrs IST when the late Sunday morning prayer service...
  • UPA selectively targeting my state: Yeddyurappa October 15, 2008

    The first BJP Chief Minister from the South, B S Yeddyurappa is visibly angry and upset with the Centre. When he took charge as the CM of Karnataka four months ago, he had announced that he would try to maintain a cordial relationship with the Centre. However, he is now...
  • Devil's Advocate: Patnaik on reconversions in Orissa October 13, 2008

    Has the Orissa government failed to protect the Christian community? Karan Thapar asked this to Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. Karan Thapar: Nearly 50 days have passed since the killing of Swami Laxmananda Saraswati and yet Christians remain in fear for their lives. There are still reports of people being...
  • The radical and dark side of Bajrang Dal October 13, 2008

    New Delhi: First it was the violent protests in Jammu over the Amarnath Shrine land rights issue, then came the anti-Christian violence in Orissa and Karnataka, that killed 35 and left hundreds homeless. With less than six months left for the General Elections, a radical Hindu fringe is blazing a trail...
  • Battle of Religions: Secular fabric under threat October 7, 2008

    New Delhi: Though violence in Kandhamal was triggered by the killing of VHP leader Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati on August 23, many believe that at the root of the violence was long-standing accusations by hardline Hindus that missionaries bribe poor tribals and low-caste Hindus to convert to Christianity. BJP leader and MP...
  • Orissa violence: Govt tensed, tells Patnaik to act fast October 4, 2008

    Bhubaneshwar / New Delhi: Medical examination confirming the rape of a nun on August 25 in the anti-Christian violence sparked off by the killing of Swami Laxmanananda has led to fresh criticism of the state. Now, the state government has ordered an inquiry, the station-in-charge suspended, and four people have also...
  • I studied in a missionary school, am secular: Advani September 30, 2008

    Shillong: Seen as the face of hardline Hindutva, senior BJP leader LK Advani on Monday said he was "very much a secular man" and his party stood for peaceful co-existence of all religious groups. "I studied in a Christian missionary school and I am very much a secular man," a BJP...
  • Church attacks: When faith breeds fear, hatred September 24, 2008

    Violence and attacks on churches in two states have hurt Christians in India and got them worried. First, churches and Christians came under attack in Kandhamal district of Orissa after a Vishwa Hindu Parisad leader and four others were shot dead by suspected Maoists on August 23. The state has since...
  • Cong, JD(S) want to destabilise my govt: K'taka CM September 24, 2008

    New Delhi: Karnataka Chief Minsiter B S Yeddyurappa seems to have been caught in a political battle after attack on churches in the state. While the attacks have dented Karnataka’s image, political parties are fighting with each other to extract the maximum out of the communal riots. "Yeddyurappa promised Gujarat...
  • Church attacks: Central team in K'taka | Bush-PM talks? September 23, 2008

    New Delhi: Keeping up the pressure on Karnataka government to act against the perpetrators of attacks on churches, the Centre on Tuesday dispatched a team of senior Home Ministry officials to the state to review the situation and take stock of the measures taken to restore normalcy. The team is led...
  • Bajrang Dal blames pastor in AP for Karnataka violence September 23, 2008

    Hyderabad: Bajrang Dal has blamed a pastor in Andhra Pardesh for the violence in Karnataka. They say the pastor is responsible for causing Hindu fury on Christians in Karnataka. Pastor Paravastu Suryanarayana Rao, in Andhra Pardesh, has gone underground, after violence broke out over the activities of the Church of...
  • Church attacks: Bush urged to talk religion with PM September 23, 2008

    Washington: The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has urged President George Bush to raise concerns about religious freedom in India with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during their Sep 25 meeting here. "The US government can and should urge the Indian central government to make more vigorous and effective...
  • Yeddyurappa speaks up, warns church attackers September 23, 2008

    Bangalore: A harried Karnataka Chief Minister broke his silence over the politics of the attack on churches in his state. Now that he is under pressure both from the Centre and his own party, Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa lashed out againt the Union Government for what he insisted was...
  • Two churches vandalised in Bangalore, all eyes on CM September 22, 2008

    Bangalore: In Karnataka, as the Christians continue to bear the brunt of attacks, the Yedyurappa government is now at the receiving end of the ire of Christian groups. The holy communion at St James Church in Marian Palya was desecrated and the holy name of Jesus church on the outskirts...
  • K'taka church attacks: VHP denies involvement September 22, 2008

    Bangalore: In the first action against policemen in connection with attacks on Christian places of worship in Karnataka, two constables were suspended on Sunday in Kodagu district where window panes of a church were damaged in stone throwing on Saturday night. "Two constables, Nandakumar and Shivaram, have been suspended following the...
  • Three more churches attacked in Karnataka September 21, 2008

    New Delhi: Violence against the Christian community in Karnataka continues despite the Centre issuing its second advisory to Karnataka to rein in communal forces. In fresh attacks, three more churches were targeted in the city even as security was scaled up for trouble-free Sunday prayers. In Rajarajeshwari Nagar, miscreants pelted stones...
  • UPA's plan to use Article 355 angers NDA September 20, 2008

    New Delhi: The Delhi encounter with alleged terrorists has strengthened the UPA's resolve to take on the opposition's criticism that it is soft on terror. So it is taking the counter offensive to the opposition governed states. While the Prime Minister is being called weak for not agreeing to...
  • Govt warns states over church attacks | Article 355 September 19, 2008

    New Delhi: The Central Government has hit out at both Orissa and Karnataka governments for its failure to control violence against Christians in the states. Sending out a strong political statement, the Home Ministry issued a warning under Article 355 that it would be compelled to take action against the...
  • New Life Church under fire from Hindus and Catholics September 18, 2008

    New Delhi: The New Life Church is under fire from both Roman Catholics and Hindus for sparking off communal violence in Mangalore. Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa and the Bishop of Mangalore Dr Aloysius Paul D'souza may be battling each other over several issues, but they both seem to have...
  • 53 arrested for K'taka church attacks | Mangalore tense September 16, 2008

    Mangalore: It is Hindus versus Christians in Karnataka as the state remains tense in the aftermath of Sunday's church attacks. “We have nothing to do with Orissa. Don't we have a right to live?” asks a Christian in Mangalore who said that most Christians are being hounded by the Bajrang...
  • Karnataka CM orders probe into attack on churches September 15, 2008

    Bangalore: Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa has ordered an enquiry into Sunday's attacks on seven churches. The Karnataka CM is scheduled to visit Mangalore and Udupi, where churches were vandalised. This is the third Sunday in a row when the Christian community has been targeted in the BJP ruled state....