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Indian prelate complains of state’s indifference on anti-Christian violence

Catholic World News - November 04, 2011

Archbishop Bernard Moras of Bangalore has sent an angry protest to authorities in India’s Karnataka state after the vandalization of another Catholic church on November 2.

Archbishop Moras wrote to the state’s chief minister, Sadananda Gowda, complaining that attacks on Christian churches have continued unabated in the region since September 2008, when Hindu mobs attacked three dozen churches in an orchestrated campaign.

“The life of the Christians has become vulnerable and people are living in constant fear of being attacks and reviled,” the archbishop said. “There is a systematic campaign to malign our institutions and our good work.”

Anti-Christian violence has escalated in Karnataka since 2007, when the Hindu-nationalist BJP party took control of the state government. Over 400 violent incidents involving Christian victims have been recorded since that time.

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