India: Parish attacked in Jhabua Diocese, Madhya Pradesh

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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) activists attacked a Catholic parish at Thandla, Jhabua District in Madhya Pradesh on April 16, 2007. The latest attack was due to a minor exchange of words between a Hindu and Catholic boy as reported by UCANews.

On the night of April 16, a mob of 300 people threw stones on houses at the Catholic parish. When some Catholic youths objected to this, the mob attacked with swords and batons. There were 11 Catholics injured in the attack. When the police arrived, they had to use tear gas to disperse the mob. The wounded were taken to the hospital.

The police have registered a case against four Catholics for disturbing communal peace and harmony. When the Christian Legal Association of India (CLAI) contacted Father P.A. Thomas of the Jhabua Diocese, he mentioned that the Catholics have registered a counter-FIR against the mob. One Catholic youth who was arrested has been granted bail.

Pray for the safety of the parishioners in Thandla and that they would not be disheartened by this attack.

Richard Howell,
General Secretary

Evangelical Fellowship of India
05/92, Deepali building , Nehru Place, New Delhi - 110019, India.
Phone : 91-11-26431133, 26423726,
Telefax : 91-11-26285350