India: Catholics subject to anti-conversion law in Rajasthan

Source: FSSPX News


The Executive Commission of the Catholic Council of India, under the direction of Cardinal Telesphore Placidus Toppo, archbishop of Ranchi, has expressed his concern “for the difficult situation in which the Christians of this State are now forced to live.” This follows the passing of the anti-conversion law by the Parliament of the State of Rajasthan, led by the Hindu Nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The small community represents 0.11% of its 57 million inhabitants, and was the victim of attacks and harassment by groups of Hindu extremists during the whole of 2005. “In the face of this aggression, the government of Rajasthan, instead of putting a stop to this wave of violence, passed a decree last April 7 aimed at controlling missionary activity in the villages,” explained the Commission.

“The approval of the law – the Commission pointed out – only diminishes the population’s confidence in the State’s administration.” The Christians of many regions of India live in fear and have to appeal to the police for protection in order to be able to attend Sunday Mass.