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"Mistake On Both Sides": Karnataka Minister on Attack On Christians

'Mistake On Both Sides': Karnataka Minister on Attack On Christians

“If Christians weren’t doing forceful conversion, then they would not be stopping them,” the minister mentioned


The collection of assaults on Christians in Karnataka is partly their fault, the state’s house minister Araga Jnanendra appeared to point right now, telling BoardingFlight that there’s “mistake on either side”. Two days earlier than Christmas, because the state handed the controversial non secular conversion invoice amid widespread  protests, Mr Jnanendra was requested in regards to the assaults, which Chief Minister Basavraj Bommai has mentioned was meant to keep away from the rampant compelled conversions within the state.  

Requested in regards to the assaults by right-wing teams on Christian prayer conferences, Mr Jnanendra mentioned, “There’s mistake on either side. In the event that they weren’t doing forceful conversion, then they would not be stopping them and creating ruckus”.

He, nonetheless, admitted that there’s “no means anybody can take regulation into their very own arms… if a criticism is given, motion will probably be initiated.

Requested if the regulation and order scenario is being disturbed is due to “fringe parts”, the minister responded within the adverse. “On one hand, sure, fringe parts and on the opposite hand there are unlawful conversions,” he mentioned.

Requested whether or not the state authorities has information to show unlawful conversions, Mr Jnanendra answered within the affirmative.

Requested if the information was based mostly on registered instances or allegations, he mentioned it’s allegations.

“There aren’t any registered instances. In Udupi one suicide occurred, 4 individuals in Mangaluru dedicated suicide due to conversions and our MLA’s mom,” he mentioned, refering to the BJP MLA from Hosadurga Taluk Gulihatti Chandrashekar.

“Earlier than giving a criticism (to the police), he had requested his mom to not convert. And he began creating consciousness about to not convert. However when he tried to file a criticism, the police didn’t obtain it as a result of there aren’t any sections underneath which this case may be filed. This isn’t the fault of the police. Siddaramaiah mentioned you may file a criticism underneath Part IPC 295. However that part is about defiling place of worship. There isn’t a part for conversion,” he mentioned.

Earlier right now, the “Karnataka Safety of Proper to Freedom of Faith Invoice, 2021”, popularly often known as “Anti-conversion Invoice”, was handed meeting right now amid vociferous protests by he Congress, who known as it “anti-people”, “inhuman”, “anti-constitutional”, “anti-poor” and “draconian”.

Final week, Dr Ashwathnarayan CN — a minister in Basavaraj Bommai’s cupboard — had advised BoardingFlight that no assault on Christian group has taken place due to their faith. The assaults, he contended, have been on private stage and a marketing campaign is created round them to satisfy political ends.

Since September, because the state cupboard began discussions on an anti-conversion invoice, at the least 7 assaults by right-wing vigilantes on church buildings and the Christian group have been reported in Karnataka.

Spiritual books have been burnt and mobs have barged into church buildings and attacked its members.

On the day when the invoice was tabled for dialogue, a statue of St Anthony was vandalised by unknown individuals. The priest of the church, Father Jospeh Anthony Daniel, advised BoardingFlight that the church in Susaipalya is believed to have been broken round 5.30 this morning. He mentioned this sort of vandalism had by no means occurred earlier than.

Usually, these have been preceded by unproven allegations of forcible conversion. Church leaders have expressed concern {that a} invoice could result in an escalation in violence.


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