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India: convent destroyed, convert kidnapped, Christian woman beaten

Catholic World News - August 23, 2013

The Fides news agency has reported on three recent incidents of violence against Christians in India.

In the eastern state of Jharkand, Hindu extremists attacked a Jesuit mission and destroyed a convent of the Sisters of the Congregation of Mary Immaculate after a young student died at a Catholic school.

In Chennai (Madras), a southern Indian city of 6.5 million, Lakshmi Priya, a 23-year-old who had studied engineering, was kidnapped by her Hindu parents after she converted to Catholicism and sought to become a nun.

In Jaipur, a city of 3.1 million in northwestern India, four men broke into a pastor’s home, threatened to kill the pastor’s mother if she did not convert to Hinduism, and beat her, causing severe injuries.

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