All India Christian Council condemnes the Persecution of Christians by Hindus in India
The All India Christian Council has expressed concern over the violent attacks against Christians in recent days in the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. A statement released by the council on Sunday said Hindu radicals attacked priests, pastors and the lay faithful beating them on accusation that they converting Hindus to Christianity. In some cases Christians were rounded up in villages and taken to Hindu temples and told to renounce the Christian faith and convert to Hinduism immediately. When they refused, they were severely beaten and expelled from their villages. The Council condemned Indian police for being lenient with the Hindu extremists. The statement noted that in the state of Madhya Pradesh police arrested 14 Christians after a group of Hindus violently interrupted their prayer meeting. They accused them of planning to convert Hindus to Christianity. The Christians were later released for lack of evidence but the fact that the police arrested them was a violation of the freedom of religion which is protected by the Constitution of the Republic of India. The All India Christian Council is a coalition that brings together several Christian denominations. It was established in 1998 to protect Christians in India against the excesses of Hindus. Christians are a minority in the country and are about 2 percent of the total population. The Hindus are the majority accounting for 90 percent of the total population.