Religious hatred on rise in India as mob vandalizes new church

Hindutva mob vandalized a church in India's capital New Delhi. The damage to the name of the church can be seen in the picture.
Religious hatred on rise in India as mob vandalizes new church

ISLAMABAD, Dec 1 (APP): The recent attack at a new church in India’s capital Delhi by the supporters of Hindutva ideology has exposed the country’s claims of protecting the religious rights of minorities.

The irony of the situation is that the attack took place when the church was holding its first Sunday prayer.

Besides Muslims and Dalits, now Christians are also facing frequent incidents of targeted religious hatred.

Arpan Peter, an Indian Christian from Bangalore said being a minority, he had started feeling unsafe in India.

“I am a minority and unsafe for being one. I can’t even imagine what it must feel to be a Muslim in this country,” he tweeted.

“India has turned into a communal hellhole like never before,” he said. “And if you’ve voted for the BJP (Bharatia Janta Party), you undoubtedly are responsible for this mess”.

Peter said he had received a call from his father, asking to avoid going to church.

“This is the first time he asked me not to indulge in a faith of being born in it,” he wrote.

CJ Werleman, Global Correspondent for Byline Times and Columnist for Inside Arabia strongly criticized the attack on a church in India.

He also shared a video clip of the attack where the members of Hindutva group Bajrang Dal vandalized the church.

“Shoot the traitors [Christians],” he posted on his Twitter account, referring to the slogans raised by the mob.

He called upon the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia to declare as “terrorist organizations” the groups including Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS), Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal.

Ashok Swain, an Indian-origin Professor of Peace and Conflict Research in Sweden lamented the situation in India where Christians suffered hatred in the name of religion.

He also put on Twitter another video of the Hindutva mob seen pressurizing the Christians to leave their place of worship.

A recent study showed that Christians make up 2.4 percent of India’s massive population.

Indigenous Christians in India say they are under increasing pressure to give up their faith due to mounting pressure from Hindu activists.

According to news reports, the Hindu activists and organizations conduct special drives in villages to pressure Christians.

Frequent attacks on churches in India are reflective of the fact that minorities are facing continuous persecution and the situation demands a serious attention of the international human rights watchdogs.