There Is A Limit To Religious Freedom
By Dr VS Acharya & Sanjana
24 September, 2008
The attacks were not against the entire Christian community. They took place only against certain groups such as New Life, Seventh Day Adventists, etc. They were distributing provocative material, exploiting people’s poverty and forcing them to convert to Christianity. These forcible conversions were being funded by foreign hands, their influence on our people is clearly visible.
Are you justifying these attacks?
There are some people who chalked out a programme to destroy all those who indulge in forcible conversions. But the problem did not begin with them. It began when a news channel repeatedly telecast footage of an image of Jesus Christ being vandalized. We condemn all acts of violence. The Chief Minister has already announced that strict action will be taken against those who continue to follow such programmes. We will not allow anybody to indulge in violence.
What has the government done to control the situation?
The Chief Minister and I have toured the area. High-level police officials were also with us. More than 150 people have been arrested. This includes Christians involved in retaliatory attacks.
How many Christians and Bajrang Dal activists have been arrested?
About 23 Christians and 60 to 70 Bajrang Dal activists. About 300 people were detained initially but we have filed cases against only 153 people. I must say that things are calm now and normalcy has returned much earlier than expected.
Will you arrest Kumar? Pramod Muthalik, Rashtriya Hindustan Sena chief, announced that it is training 700 suicide bombers.
If they have made such statements, we will take action. We will not tolerate acts of violence.
These have been reported in the press. Yet both Districtin- charge
No, we will take appropriate action against them. We will book cases against them if necessary.
What proof does the government have that forced conversions are taking place?
Please report any
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