In the wake of the recent persecution wave that broke out all across Orissa the fires of communal hatred now seems to be spreading in Chhattisgarh as well.
On 5th September 2008, Durg District of Chhattisgarh State witnessed a heinous and cowardly assault on four nuns belonging to Missionaries of Charity (Mother Teresa order). The nuns were travelling with the two accomplices’ from Raipur to Indore along with few infants when around 6 pm the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Council) and Bajrang Dal extremists boarded the train and amidst slogan shouting dragged them out and started assaulting them. Thrashing them and physically assaulting them they dragged them to the nearby police station.
As the news spread a group of local pastors immediately approached Mohan Nagar Thana where the Nuns were taken to, and protested the incident demanding to register FIR against the VHP and Bajrang Dal ruffains, but the police favoring the culprits refused to do so.
The pastors then approached Mr. Prem Prakash Pandey the Speaker of Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly and registered their protest. But the BJP leader, turning the blind eye to the incident instead misbehaved with the pastors.
Till the reporting of this incident no FIR has been launched. It is reported that the Nuns have sustained severe injuries and were taken to Raipur after the medical checkup.
The names of four Nuns are Sister Vinaisa(58), Sister Mamta(65), Sister Leena(63) and Sister Kripa(27) all belonging to the Missionaries of Charity.
The local newspapers are also favoring with the BJP ruled authority and giving the headlines in such a way which demeans the work that Christian missionaries are doing. A local daily, Haribhoomi, carried out this incident as “Manas Taskari ka Bhandaphor”( Human Trafficking exposed) accusing the four nuns of trafficking the infants without any evidence whatsoever.
EFI is concerned for the safety of the Christians in Chhattisgarh as this incident can only embolden the sinister ideas of Hindutva forces that are leaving no stone unturned to sow the seeds of communal hatred as is evident from the ongoing violence against the Christian Minorities in Orissa.
EFI requests you to pray for the healing and speedy recovery of the four Nuns and their accomplices, and express your concern to the below mentioned number:
Mohan Nagar Police Station,
District Durg 491001,
(O) Tel : +91-0788-2210570
Rev. Dr. Richard Howell
Evangelical Fellowship of India
New Delhi, India
Evangelical Fellowship of India (established 1951) is a charter member of World Evangelical Alliance, an accredited NGO with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations