VERY IMPORTANT- Justice Saldanha’s letter to the Deputy Commissioner of Mangalore.

TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL INDIA

(KARNATAKA CHAPTER) NGO

NON-GOVERNMENTAL, NON-PARTY, PEOPLES COALITION AGAINST CORRUPTION AND FOR TRANSPARENCY. INTEGGRITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY

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 “PRIORITY MOST URGENT”

 06th February 2012

The Deputy Commissioner,

Mangalore.

            M/s. Transparency International is a highly respected global institution which inter-alia fights corruption and mal-administration, and in India, it investigates and acts through the State and Central Governments, the Lokayuktas and the Courts in combating malpractices in the public domain.  This body has earned National and Global repute for having investigated and redressed cases of corruption where public servants have mis-conducted themselves resulting in corrupt practices and break-down of the Law and Order situation.  One of the principles that is followed is that the public servant concerned is confronted with the Heads of the Charges, given an opportunity to defend, and after a careful evaluation, the action follows.

There has been serious concern with regard to the break-down of the Law and Order situation particularly in the city of Mangalore as also in different parts of the District, particularly after you have taken over as the D.C. The charge against you is that you are not only close to but are actively mixed up with communal elements who are instigating hatred and violence and that you have now emboldened yourself to the extent of appearing in public  at all important functions organized by these Groups.  This is not permissible as far as a public servant holding a responsible position is concerned.  There is a lot of media coverage as far as this charge goes culminating in two very serious instances.  The first of them is when you prominently appeared at a function organized by one of these Groups and wore a saffron shawl which is proof of your total alignment.  This was followed up by another very serious incident where a van selling hate literature was positioned outside your office for the whole day and thousands of copies of this material was distributed.  There is photographic evidence to establish these two incidents and if there is anything that you wish to point out in your defense, you are entitled to do so.

         Whereas the first charge relates to active collusion and connivance, there is an allied charge against you that despite 27 public demands from individuals and organizations spread over the last several weeks, to take action for extradition of the guilty individuals under the Police Act that you have done nothing up to the present point of time. This action is mandatory and not discretionary and the non-action is conclusive proof of total collusion with the law-breakers.  This patronage from the DC has openly encouraged the persons involved in these unlawful activities to instigate violence and communal hatred and they are 100% confident that the authority who is statutorily empowered and required to act against them will not do so.                

          This constitutes showing of favor to persons who are on the wrong side of the Law and constitutes an offence punishable under the Prevention of Corruption Act.  There is a file full of material under this Head of Charge including videos and audio C.Ds.  It is open to you to put forward your defense in respect of this Head of Charge.

         Incidents of extreme seriousness had occurred with regard to malafide, vicious and vindictive action directed against a Kannada Publication by the name of ‘Karavali Ale’.  Anti-social elements were used to attack the Press and to interfere with the circulation and it was found that the Police and the Administration were co-conspirators in these offences.  At the instance of some highly placed individuals, the Editor was arrested on false and untenable charges shifted from place to place and even produced in Court in chains.  These incidents shook the conscience of the State of Karnataka, the sub-continent and came in for condemnation by the global media.  The Karnataka High Court passed severe strictures against the State Government and the individuals involved and even ordered the payment of heavy compensation.  There is a very strong Report from the Press Council of India in respect of these incidents which is under consideration by a host of International bodies.  The State Human Rights Commission has condemned every one of these actions and has recommended stringent steps to the Government of    India.  Regardless of this background, it is reported to Transparency International India, that you have issued fresh Summons to the Publication and are trying to reopen the matter inter alia to harass and blackmail.  In the background of charges (1) and (2) the irresistible conclusion is that this action which bristles with malafides is at the instance of the various communal elements whom you are heavily mixed up with.  This automatically and totally disqualifies you from taking any steps in the matter not because they are completely and totally unjustified but more importantly because you have a personal animus against the Publication.  It is reported that merely because they have carried news and photographs in relation to charges (1) and (2) which have also been carried by the rest of the media and TV channels that you are not only biased but motivated.  If the Law permits any enquiry to be held, it will have to be done by an authority other than yourself as it is well settled Law that no proper or fair enquiry can be conducted if the Enquiry Officer is himself tainted.  Also, there is a well defined principle which has to be observed namely that there has to be valid factual and legal justification for initiating such a step, it is required to be stated as to under which Provision of Law, the proceeding is being initiated and if these ingredients are satisfied, a valid Show-cause Notice setting out the Heads of Charge and the material in support have to be served on the affected party.  If the allegations are disputed, a proper enquiry will have to follow in keeping with the rules of Natural Justice resulting in an Order that passes legal scrutiny.  The Law also postulates that if the Order is adverse that it cannot be given effect to until a reasonable period of time for filing an Appeal or challenging it in Court as elapsed.  On the facts of the present case, in spite of what has been pointed out to you, if you insist on conducting the enquiry for yourself, the proceeding will be rendered void, apart from the fact that it will be added proof of malafide action and will invite a strong Order from the High Court, in addition to disciplinary action.  Also, it is well settled Law that if such a proceeding is instituted without there being valid and cogent justification, that the Law prescribes heavy penalty on the official concerned.

             This notice is being formally served on you and considering the fact that you hold a responsible position, reasonable time of Four Weeks is accorded to you to put forward whatever reply / defense you may desire to adduce.  If no reply is received within the prescribed period of time, it will be presumed that you have nothing to say by way of defense and that the Heads of Charge stand admitted.

Finally, it is in your own interest to STAY any further steps in the enquiry until these issues are decided.

 

For TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL INDIA,

 (KARNATAKA CHAPTER),

Sd/-

(JUSTICE M.F. SALDANHA)     

CHAIRMAN.

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Letter from The President of KKSV to the Inspector General of Poice (WR)

Letter from The President of KKSV to the Inspector General of Poice (WR)

by : Suresh Bhat (President of KKSV)

Karnataka Komu Souharda Vedike, D.K. District

(Karnataka Communal Harmony Forum)

Samir Building, Bibi Alabi Road, Mangalore – 575 001, Ph: 9964071782

Mangalore

January 23, 2012

The Inspector General of Police (WR)

Mangalore

Sir,

Sub: Yesterday’s (22.1.2012) Untoward Incidents at Uppinangadi and Haleyangadi

There is no disputing the fact that yesterday’s clashes at Uppinagady were the direct result of some extremely provocative speeches by certain notorious leaders of Sangh Parivar. No further proof is required for the fact that a very clear violation of IPC sections 153A, 153B, 295A etc had taken place. The police ought to have taken suo motu action on the spot. That they did nothing of the kind is unpardonable.

In the Haleyangadi incident, Sunil Patil, a police sub-inspector, had not only trespassed into church premises but had behaved and spoken in a manner most unbecoming of a policeman. It is reported by the pastor of theHebronChurchwho was present at the spot that Mr. Patil threatened to bring the Hindu Jagran Vedike activists waiting outside and create a ruckus inside the church. He had reportedly used abusive language and even abused God. Later, during the public meeting in the town some very provocative speeches were delivered.

We have a strong feeling that all these incidents are nothing but precursors to a much bigger catastrophe. Therefore we strongly urge that the department should act immediately to arrest any such trends and nip it in the bud. We also call upon the senior police officers not to be cowed down by threats of transfers but discharge their constitutional duties and maintain peace and harmony in the district.

Yours truly,

for Karnataka Komu Souharda Vedike,

(District President)

KKSV Memorandum – Letter to The Superintendent of Police

KKSV Memorandum – Letter to The Superintendent of Police

by: Suresh Bhat( President of Karnataka Komu Souharda Vedike)

 Karnataka Komu Souharda Vedike,

Dakshina Kannada

SamirBuilding,Bibi Alabi Road, Mangalore – 575 001, Ph: 9964071782

________________________________________________________________

Mangalore

January 31, 2012

Memorandum

The Superintendent of Police

Dakshina Kannada District

Sir,

Civil society and especially the members of the Minority communities are shocked to note the presence of the highly controversial Dr. Kalladka Prabhaker Bhat during the inaugural function of the new office building of Mangalore City Police Commissioner on 28thJanuary 2012. And he was seated not among the spectators but in the very front row and in full glare of the TV cameras. Persons occupying the highest positions in the government and the administration were present during this function and the list includes the chief minister and the home minister of the state.

Everyone and more so the police are well aware of the fact that Mr. K.P.Bhat has been making hate speeches prejudicial to national integration and has also been posing open challenges to the police to arrest the guilty(in the Sullia incident). That an FIR has been booked against him under IPC sections 153A and 295A for his extremely vulgar and provocative speech (made recently at Uppinangady in Dakshina Kannada district) is by now widely known not only in Karnataka but almost all over India. Hence you cannot be unaware of the kind of message that his presence at this function has conveyed to the people of the country. The inevitable conclusion is that he was showing off his influence and his defiance of or contempt for the law and order machinery. Isn’t it true that if an ordinary citizen were to make such horrendous remarks from a public platform, he would have been interrupted, suo motu action would have been taken, an FIR would have been registered immediately, the investigation too would have been swift and the person would have been taken into custody within a matter of minutes?

This latest incident has only served to reinforce the widespread belief that there are different sets of rules for different people as far as the twin districts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi are concerned. The unabated incidents of communal atrocities during the past few years and the inaction on the part of the authorities had almost completely eroded the Minority communities’ faith in the police force. Hence when the police registered an FIR against Mr. K.P.Bhat after his Uppinangady speech, it had rekindled people’s hopes. People hoped that this was the beginning of a return to law and order and inter-communal harmony. But this most disgusting and shameful incident of 28th January has all but dashed those hopes to the ground. People are, once again, having grave doubts whether law will take its due course at all. It is therefore imperative that the police should strive to restore people’s hopes and confidence.

In the interests of justice and lasting peace we demand that due process of law should be set in motion without any further waste of time and

  • A case under IPC section 153B should also be registered against Mr. K.P.Bhat.
  • A thorough investigation of all his previous prejudicial activities and offences should be carried out, by enlisting the help of the Central Bureau of Investigation.
  • A proper charge sheet should be filed.
  • A non-bailable warrant should be issued and he should be produced before the court of law and tried for the various offences.

Yours truly,

for Karnataka Komu Souharda Vedike, D.K.,

Must Read: Mumbailaity.WordPress.com is here to stay without any copyright

Must Read: Mumbailaity.WordPress.com is here to stay without any copyright

source: Mumbailaity

Our success has not gone down well with a few people.They have copied our name and used it.As you are all aware mumbailaity.wordpress.com was formed and registerd in May 2010 and since then we had news of the catholic world being published and thousands of persons have visited our site and read our articles.No person can take the same name again and there is no need to take a copyright for the same since wordpress will not allow the same blog name.There can never be  two same e mail ids of two different persons.

As has been informed earlier this blog was started to air the views and publish articles which the laity had not been informed or which were not published by the newspapers/Sites which claim to be catholic.The site does not earn any revenue nor does it collect donations.

There is a certain individual who loves Mumbai so much that he has left Mumbai and yet by remaining out of Mumbai wants to serve Mumbai.How ironic.He furthur claims that he is not controlled by the Archbishop of the place where he lives .The said person can also be sued for defamation but he has to return to India.

We were not sure who was backing this individual and the reason why a similar name as that of Mumbaility.Wordpress.com taken, now we are aware who are the different persons backing this individual.Unfortunately the said persons in Mumbai are not coming in the open.The said person was in touch via e mail with mumbailaity.wordpress.com before he could launch his site which had a name similar to ours  .As was informed earlier the idea was to misguide and confuse readers who would be looking for our blog.However that did not work despite our site being free.

If that person had the courage of his convictions he should have chosen a name which is different and should not have tried to ride piggy back on another persons success.

Let it be known loud and clear that mumbailaity.wordpress.com is here to stay.The laity of Mumbai and India have a right to know the truth.Yes the truth does hurt.In fact persons who are covering the misdeeds of the wrong doer are guilty of the sin of complicity and we too pray for them that

God grant them the serenity
to accept the things they cannot change;
courage to change the things they can;
and wisdom to know the difference. .

First beneficiary of Diocese’s 160 house-project says she has been deceived

First beneficiary of Diocese’s 160 house-project says she has been deceived

Source: Coastal Digest

Saturday, 21 January 2012 14:08

Mangalore, January 22: “Jesus Christ will not forgive the sin of the Mangalore Diocese, which is fooling poor Christians without any sense of shame” —  This was the reaction of a poor Christian couple, which was projected as the first beneficiary of the ‘Mangalore Diocese’s ‘philanthropic project’ of donating 160 houses to poor as part of its post-centenary silver jubilee celebrations.PUCL_21Jan_1

“We are deeply hurt after coming to know that media projected us as the first beneficiaries of the Mangalore Diocese’s so called ‘shelter-for-poor’ project. In fact we were the first victims of the unpardonable lie and deceit of the Diocese”, said Irene Rita D’Souza, whose husband John D’Souza had received the key from Mangalore Bishop Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza on January 16, at a formal ‘house donation function’ in the presence of media at Maroli near here.

“Neither me, nor my husband were aware that Mangalore Diocese was going to project our newly constructed house as donation, when they forcefully organized a ‘house-warming’ celebration”, said D’Souza at a press conference convened by the local unit of Peoples Union for Civil Liberties here on Saturday.

“How can the Church people call it a donation, when I had pledged my gold ornaments to construct this 400 square feet house on our own land?,” questioned Irene D’Souza, who claims herself to be an illiterate.

Irene and her husband who resided in a rented house in Kulashekara for many years, had dreamt of constructing a house of their own.

“By pledging three gold ornaments including a wedding ring, I was able to raise Rs70, 000 to construct the house. However, we needed more money to complete the house” she said.

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“Meanwhile, Kulashekara Church furnished me a loan of Rs 1 lakh and asked to sign on a stamp paper committing me to pay Rs 2,000 every month. They also gave me Rs 50,000 additional loan. However, when the Church people invited me for the loan they did not inform me about the Diocese’s plan of house donation,” she said.

She said that she came to know about the real picture only after people began to point fingers at her.

“I felt humiliated when I was told that the house was a donation of the church. Feeling robbed of my self-respect, I immediately returned Rs 50,000 to Fr Valerian Pinto in Kulashekara church,” she said.

She also said that she wanted to return the loan of Rs 1 lakh too at a public function in front of the media. “Let Mangalore Diocese organize a function to take back their loan and remove the plaque with the engraving that the house is a donation of Mangalore diocese,” she said.

She also criticised the double standard of the priests. “They preach in the Church that when you do alms, let not your left hand know what your right hand does. But the same priests projected the house constructed with my own money and with the help of loans, as their donation”, she lamented.

PUCL State President PB D’sa said the family’s plight was just a tip of the iceberg when it comes to the blunders of the Mangalore Diocese. He predicted that there would be a repeat of such incidents as diocese completes 160 houses.

President, PUCL Comments:

This is a huge Fraud played by the “Cassock wearing Wolves in Sheep’s Garb”. When 50% of Mangalore belongs to Mangalore Diocese occupied by their Mulgeni tenants of the diocese, which Bishop is administrating as the trustee for the benefit of the laity or the final beneficiaries. Is there any need to collect further money from the laity and build small dungeons unfit for even pigs to live?
The entire Christian communities specially the Mulgeni holders who are numbering around 4 Lakhs (Subject to corrections) will benefit immensely and become the most prosperous community in South India, forget about only in Mangalore. I have personally and on behalf of several organizations demanded from the Bishop this for the last 15 years and he has arrogantly told me that it is his property and I have no right to demand this. Simply because he is a Bishop he does not become the owner of the diocesan properties. The entire laity’s numbering 98% of Christian Population are the co-owners of this land. But unfortunately the Bishop Who calls himself the most religious and charitable man is trading with the land belonging to somebody else and committing a serious offence of breach of trust and cheating a huge fraud on the public. Bishop requires to be put “Behind the Bars” for this offence for collecting 33.33% of the amount on the land and swallowing the same without showing any account of this.160 houses for poor is a mere drama under the pretext of this scheme Walter D’Mello and Denis Moras two collaborators with the Bishop have gone to the Middle east and collected about 18 crores. What has happened to this amount? The so called first house is handed over by the Bishop was another public fraud. About this there was a press conference addressed by me and the office bearers of united Christian Association on 22 January. I would request Daijiworld and Mangalorean.com and other media to give proper publicity to our Press Conference.
 I have fought for press freedom and the let the press be true to their profession.

Comment 2:

I congratulate coastal digest management for upholding press freedom and projecting the problems of the least and the last who have been pushed to the wall. As against this we have one or two websites belonging to Christians who have repeatedly blacked out the genuine news released to them by PUCL and Christian Reforms Foundation. Just because the rich and powerful can affect their business they behave like Rats in Front of These rich and powerful people who have actually become rich by dubious activities and criminal methods.
“Birds of the same feather flock together”
As a social activists i have released a true fact finding report about the mischief and fraud played by the Bishop and his followers in two cases, But these websites have given credence to the false news of the Bishop and their Gang and the true revealed by us does not find any place anywhere in their pages. 
“Rats will remain Rats”, you cannot turn them into Lions.

Tension grips Uppinangady following provocative speech; Stones pelted at mosques, 7 injured

Tension grips Uppinangady following provocative speech; Stones pelted at mosques, 7 injured

Source : Coastal Digest

Sunday, 22 January 2012 23:14

Mangalore, January 22: Tense atmosphere prevailed in Uppinangady following a provocative speech by Rashtriya Swayamsevak sangh leader Kalladka Prabhakar Bhat, who threatened to attack and shoot down the Muslim youths. Mr Bhat was addressing hundreds of people who took part in Hindu Samajotsava at Chatrapati Shivaji Maidan. When the police allowed Mr Bhat to continue his speech, dozens of Muslim youth gathered at a junction near Uppinangady bus stand urged the police to stop the “fanatic terrorists”.uppi

At this situation a verbal clash broke out between police and youths and the former resorted to mild baton charge. However, timely intervention of few Muslim leaders, who managed to send back the youths to their homes, brought the situation under control.However, the situation turned worse, when the youths returning from Samajotsava began to shout provocative slogans near bus stand. The police, once again had to resort to baton charge to disperse the mob.A few minutes later the youths from majority and minority communities confronted near Central Jum’a Masjid. However, police managed to disperse the mob.

Meanwhile, miscreants pelted stones at Juma Masjid situated behind the Government Hospital. The miscreants also threw stones at police, who rushed to the spot to disperse the mob. Subrahmanya police sub inspector Sunil Patil and two other constables got injured in the incident.There were reports of damages from various places in and around the town. Stone were pelted at a cloth shop, a mobile centre and a fancy shop in Uppinangady.

A group of provoked youths, on their way back from Samajotsava, threw stones at Masjid building at Konthur near Kadaba. Another group was stopped by police while trying to attack an elderly Muslim man near Periyadka.As per the latest reports, at least seven people have been injured in the aftermath of Samajotsava. A few among the injured have been admitted to a private hospital in Puttur.

Provocation

Mr Bhat, who was apparently trying to provoke the gathering throughout his speech, lashed out at Muslims and Christians, portraying them as traitors and enemies of Hindus.“All the Muslims here are devils. Under the pretext of peace and friendship they wage ‘love jehad’ and convert Hindu girls into Islam and sell them to foreign countries”, he said. “We should not hesitate to teach them an unforgettable lesson to these devils”, he added.He went on to claim that Muslim youths who convert Hindu girls through ‘love jehad’ would receive cash rewards. “Those Muslim youths who convert a Kashmiri girl will receive Rs 9 lakh. The reward for converting a Panjabi girl is Rs 7 lakh. Those who convert other Hindu girls will be paid Rs 5 lakh”, he said adding some vulgar jokes.HD_23Jan_8

Mr Bhat also urged the Hindu youths to attack and torture their Muslim counterparts if the latter were seen talking with Hindu girls.“If we hand them over to police, the latter will allow them to go home after receiving Rs 15,000 from them. Hence, we have decided to teach an unforgettable lesson to them without handing over to the police. We know how to punish them”, he said.

“We will shoot down such Muslim youths”, he shouted.

Mr Bhat also warned the Hindu parents against sending their children to the educational institutions run by Christians. “Christians have built schools and hospitals here only with the intention of conversion and not for any noble cause”, he said. “Why do you send your children to such Christian schools instead of Hindu schools? Why should Hindu children call the Christian priests as Fathers?”, he questioned. Mr Bhat’s speech was audible across the town by fixing loud speakers in various places, in an apparent violation of a recent harmony-meet resolution to confine loud speakers only to the convention venue.

President, PUCL Comments:

It is a pity that a rat from Kalladka is allowed to screech and scream on public platforms who has suddenly become courageous, whereas he was hiding in rat hole somewhere in an unknown place after the murder of Kalladka Ismail. Just because BJP Government which is the God child of RSS is in power. He has been provoking the feelings of minority communities and encouraging majority youth to attack the minority community.
Several cases should have been filed against this rat by the police under Section 153A, 153B and Section 295 for not only promoting enmities between communities but even causing national disintegration and serious damage to the unity of this beautiful country with so many religions, languages, cultures, colors, and seasons. by speaking about the Hindu Rashtra he is abusing the constitution of India which a secular country.
Police should have by now filed thousands of cases against this rat for his traitorous activities, adn ‘Suo-Moto’. But our IAS and IPS officers who are unfit to be even peons in their own offices regularly go to him and prostrate before him and take instructions from him. He decides the promotions and transfers of IAS and IPS officers, it is indeed a shame to the founders of this country who wanted the IAS,IPS and IFS to be a steel frame of India so that the corrupt politicians are kept within the constitution and various acts of the government.
If they are unable to face this rat which has now become a bandicoot on their honor they should resign from their services as they have taken an oath to protect the constitution at any cost.
But are they honorable men?

MASSIVE RALLY AND PUBLIC MEET TO CONDEMN THE GROWING COMMUNAL ATTACKS IN THE STATE

FEDERATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS
DAKSHINA KANNADA AND UDUPI DISTRICTS
‘Elim’, Mercara Hill, Mangalore – 575 002, Ph.9845083323

MASSIVE RALLY AND PUBLIC MEET
TO CONDEMN THE GROWING
COMMUNAL ATTACKS IN THE STATE

On Friday, 27th January, 2012

Rally Starts from: Ambedkar Circle (Jyothi) Time : 3.00 p.m.
Inauguration By: Sri Jason D’Costa, (Victim of Surathkal attack)
Public Meeting: In front of D.C’s Office, Mangalore Time : 4.00 p.m.

PROGRAMME

BOOK RELEASE :-

  •  Kannada version of Justice M.F. Saldanha’s Enquiry Report on Church Attacks –STATE TERRORISM-TYRANNY
  •  ‘COMMUNAL VIOLENCE (PREVENTION, CONTROL and REHABILITATION) BILL– WHY IT IS A MUST?’ (in Kannada) – Published by Karnataka Komu SouhardaVedike and authored by M/s G. Rajshekar, Shivasunder and Fakir MohammedKatpady
  •  ‘SAFFRON TERRORISM’ (in Kannada) – Authored by Suresh Bhat Bakrabail 

Honorable speakers: M/s Shivasunder, Mohammed Kunhi, Walter J.Maben, Walter C.Pinto, Ilyas Muhammed, Ali Hasan and others

We Call Upon the Enlightened Citizens of the Twin Districts To

Oppose the terror unleashed by communal forces

Insist on the Authorities to maintain an atmosphere of peace and tolerance
Insist for restoration of communal harmony which is worsening by the day
Demand immediate implementation of Prime Minister’s 15-point programme

Demand suspension of communalized law-enforcement officers

Demand appointment of able, impartial, secular officers in their place.

Demand from the Central Government immediate implementation of the ‘Communal Violence (Prevention, Control and Rehabilitation) Bill (with some necessary amendments).

All of you must be fully aware of the fact that the atrocities against minority communities and their places of worship, which have become a regular occurrence since the past few years, have recently reached intolerable heights. The multi-cultural society of our Tulunadu has a glorious history of peaceful co-existence. But these shameful incidents have made all of us hang down our heads in shame. In the year 2011 alone there were 66 incidents of attacks on Muslims and 15 against members of Christian communities which go to show the utter lawlessness of the communal elements. The unending caste and religious atrocities being perpetrated by the communalists have taken a heavy toll of life and property and people of Tulunadu are simply fed up with all this. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that as a result of such persecution a sense of terrible insecurity prevails among the members of the minority communities. People live in fear of their lives not knowing when and where these vicious elements would strike next. Who are these elements? Why do
they indulge in all these mischief?

Article 25 of the Constitution guarantees to the Indian citizen the freedom to choose any religion of his/her choice. A citizen also has the freedom to practice the religion he/she has thus chosen and has the right to profess and propagate it too. It has also been made amply clear that only forcible conversion is termed as an offence.

When the Swamiji of Pejawar Mutt takes to the streets and distributes copies of the Bhagavad Gita, is there a big a hue and cry saying it is an attempt at conversion? Are any attempts made to stop him? Does he get beaten up and handed over to the police? No. This being the case how can you accuse those who distribute the Bible, the Quran, the Guru Grintha Saheb and other religious literature of converting people? There is no empirical basis to the charge that the population of the minorities is on the increase because of such conversions. Those who make such baseless accusations are trying to create a wrong impression in the minds of the common people. One has only to verify all the relevant facts and figures and give some deep thought to the matter and the sinister purpose behind all such false allegations will be evident.

Do the Christians need a ‘permit’ to worship God in their houses or prayer halls? ‘Yes’, according to the police. Is there any such ‘permit system’ for the various Maths, Mandirs, Masjids, Gurudhwaras etc? Do all of them obtain prior permissions for conducting prayers? Are V.I.P.s such as the President, Prime Minister etc required to obtain prior ‘permits’ from the police for participating in Iftar meets? Obviously no. In that case who told the police to issue such unconstitutional orders? And why? If a group of ruffians barge into our houses when we are having dinner with the invitees after Satyanarayana Pooja, Ganahoma, Bhootada Kola, Nagaradhane etc, don’t we consider it as a grievous
offence? Similarly is it not wrong therefore, to trespass inside houses with deadly weapons, attack and grievously hurt people having Christmas dinner with their near and dear ones? Who are these attackers? Why do they indulge in all these evil acts?

It is quite natural for young boys and girls to fall in love with one another. Where love is concerned there are no barriers of caste, religion, nationality etc, etc. Is there any law in existence that prohibits people from falling in love? Still whenever young couples belonging to different religions are found together we see miscreants attacking them calling it as ‘Love Jihad’. Now who has given them such authority? And the ‘contract’ to ‘preserve the culture’? Neither we, nor you! So, who are these groups? Why do they indulge in such mischief?

There is nothing in the Indian Constitution that prevents people from eating beef. Nor is there any law in this regard. Slaughter of cattle above the age of 12 years is permitted by law. While the meat is meant for consumption, the skin and bones are used for making other useful by-products. When this is the case, who are those people who in the guise of protecting cows take law into their own hands and carry out attacks causing even deaths? Why do they do it?

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) which was born in the year 1925 supposedly as a cultural body has a political ideology too. It is called ‘Hindutva’ and their top leaders themselves have admitted to the fact. Its sole purpose is to establish a Hindu Rashtra with Vedic autocracy. The protagonists of Hindutva do not respect the Constitution and have no faith in democracy. The RSS ‘Guruvani’ states that Christians and Muslims should be dealt with in the same manner as Hitler did with the Jewish people. The RSS along with its various member organizations —BJP, VHP, Bajrang Dal, Sri Rama Sene are known as ‘Sangh Parivar’. All these member units of the Sangh Parivar work in an organized and  systematic manner towards a single goal — establishment of a Hindu Rashtra.

‘Conversion’, ‘Cow Protection’ , ‘Protection of Culture’, ‘Love Jihad’ are nothing but ruses to oppress the Tribals, Dalits and Minority Communities and ultimately turn them into second class citizens. This task has been given to Bajrang Dal, Sri Rama Sene and similar organizations. Others such as ‘Abhinav Bharat’, ‘Sanathana Samsthe’ etc have been given the responsibility of executing bomb blasts. What we are seeing today is not just confined to our districts alone but is a country-wide phenomenon. All these assaults, attacks, communal riots, bomb blasts, and other criminal acts have but one goal – to uproot the Constitution – and establish a Manuvadi ‘Hindu Rashtra’. The happenings in Malegaon, Samjotha Express, Mecca Masjid, Ajmer Darga…….. and what is happening in Udupi, Mangalore, Davanagere, Hubli, Kolar,
Chickmagalore, Sindhagi……. are all part of the same hidden‘agenda’.

Take the most recent Pakistan-flag-hoisting incident at Sindhagi in Bijapur district of Karnataka. Though progressive groups have all along been warning about the nefarious designs of Sangh Parivar, people used to look askance at them. No one would believe them. People could not, even in their wildest dreams, imagine that such ‘strictly god-fearing’ and ‘patriotic organizations’ were actually indulging in anti-social, anti-national and criminal activities. But the Sindhagi incident has changed all that. Finally people have woken up to the truth.

Terrorism is defined as the practice of using violence for achieving political ends. Viewed in this background, all the criminal activities of the Sangh Parivar fall into the category of terrorist acts. While the Maoists conduct their terrorist operations from the jungles, these religious fundamentalists carry out their terrorist activities from within the towns and cities. Though the Sangh Parivar activists openly challenge the Constitution and indulge in all sorts of terrorist activities, the glaring apathy, inaction and partiality on the part of the district administration and law enforcement machinery naturally gives room for suspicion. Can we see any respect for the Constitution and for maintenance of law and order here? Is there any feeling of respect here for the different faiths and religions of the Minorities? Are those senior officials who allowed such lawless organizations to operate with impunity fit to continue in their positions? Which side are these officials on – the law-abiding citizens from whose taxes they are paid their salaries or the miscreants out to create disharmony in society?

How long should the civil society tolerate such criminal acts? The local administration and the police department are required to be faithful only to the Constitution of India and not act as per the dictates of evildoers or anti-social organizations. These are elementary requirements. But here the authorities have not only failed to control communal attacks but also, despite knowing about the organizations that promote such activities, have proved totally ineffective in discharging their constitutional duties. The people are asking whether they are officials of a constitutionally established democratic India or the sepoys of “Hindu Rashtra”. They owe an explanation to the people.

People need to demonstrate and show their unhappiness, resentment and impatience to the rulers. We must condemn with one voice the unending communal atrocities and the partisan behaviour of officials. We must send across a clear message that we will no more tolerate the violent methods of the Sangh Parivar. We must shout at the top of our voices that under no circumstances will we allow our districts and our state to become another Gujarat or Odisha. We must send out a clear message to this most corrupt and the most inhuman Government that Karnataka has ever seen – that there is a limit for peoples’ patience.

All those citizens who desire the good of the district come and join us for the Rally and Protest

Meet of the 27th in large numbers.

PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS

  • Karnataka United Churches Forum for Human
  • Rights (A Forum of the Roman Catholic/Orthodox & Protestant Churches)
  • Catholic Sabha, Mangalore.
  • Karnataka Missions Network,(Coastal Zone)Mangalore
  • Federation of Christian Churches and Organizations.
  • Bharatiya Chraista Okkoota
  • Global Council of Indian Christians
  • Protestant Christian Welfare Association
  • Karnataka Komu Souhardha Vedike, D.K.
  • Peoples’ Union for Civil Liberties, D.K.
  • Popular Front of India
  • Mangalore Central Committee
  • Muslim Vartakara Sangha
  • Tulunadu Mansa Samaja Seva Sangha
  • Youth Wing, Mangalore
  • D.K. Auto Drivers’ Association
  • Bandhavya
  • National Confederation of Human Rights Organizations
  • Campus Front of India
  • Samaja Parivartana Vedike
  • Mangalore Citizen’s Association
  • Karnataka Chraista Sangha Samsthegala Antharaashtriya Okkoota
  • Ahinda, Mangalore
  • All India Chiristian Council
  • Indian Christian Youth Movement
  • Demand immediate implementation of Prime Minister’s 15-point programme
  • Demand immediate implementation of Communal ViolencePrevention, Control and Rehabilitation Bill

Important – STOP PRESS – PLEASE PRAY & ACT

STOP PRESS – PLEASE PRAY & ACT

Islami Shariat Court Indicts Dutch Fr. Jim Borst & Pastor CM Khanna?

Srinagar, Jan 11: Supreme Court of Islami Shariat Wednesday indicted Christian Pastor C M Khanna and Dutch national, Jim Bhorst for their involvement in luring people to convert their religion. The court said it will announce its verdict against the accused soon. The court had summoned Khanna in connection with the case today. His statement was recorded and he was shown a CD – proof of his involvement in the sensitive issue. “During the hearing, Khanna confessed about luring people to change their religion to Christianity. He also made some startling revelations.” 

Deputy Mufti-Azam Jammu and Kashmir, Mufti Muhammad Nasir-ul-Islam said, in a statement, that it has been proved beyond doubt that the accused pastor who is putting up in Kashmir for past many years, has been along with other accomplices luring people to change religion. “The Kashmir situation is going through a critical phase and if such elements are not brought to book it will have a serious negative impact on the society. It is shocking and surprising that state government was allowing such activities. Kashmir society will not tolerate such activities at all and we stand united against such elements,” Mufti Nasir said adding that detailed verdict against the accused would be made public soon.

http://www.greaterkashmir.com/news/2012/Jan/12/islami-shariat-court-indicts-pastor-dutch-national-65.asp

Anti-Christian Violence & Persecution Peaks
The CSF 2011 India Persecution Report Released
A Major Attack a Day on Christians – 1000 cases in Karnataka
Orissa Leads in Killings and Inordinate Delay or Denial of Justice
Top 10 Persecuting States Indentified. Incidents & issues in others too
Anti Conversion (Blasphemy) & Cow Slaughter Laws Affect Minorities…
Missionaries who Served for Decades also Threatend with Deportation, etc.

Over 1000 major cases of anti-Christian violence: The CSF 2011 India Persecution Report

Justice Michael Saldanha, the former judge of the Bombay and Karnataka High Courts, stirred a hornets nest, when he said that he had evidence of a thousand cases of religious liberty violations in Karnataka alone, where the State Minorities Commission members, rather than helping the victims, asked them questions like – How many lakhs had they had been given to convert? and You don’t know the teachings of Jesus, because you complain and don’t forgive? Justice Saldanha whose report on the Karnataka anti-Christian violence is the last credible and authoritative word on the subject, was speaking at the release of The CSF 2011 India Persecution Report, which highlighted that there was at least one attack a day on Indian Christians and also described other freedom of faith issues. He therefore called for effective minority forums, which help the community, rather than cover-up the misdeeds of the culprits in cases of persecution of minorities, as is the case in Karnataka and elsewhere too.

Justice Michael SaldanhaJustice Michael Saldanha: Karnataka – Rogue State No.1

He said that The CSF 2011 Persecution Report rightly accords Karnataka the Rogue State No. 1 status, even though it did not have any recorded or direct killing, as happened in Orissa, which is place second in the report. However, with all its grim and harsh reality of persecution, The CSF 2011 India Persecution Report still does not fully capture the full and comprehensive extent and impact of the attacks in Karnataka against the community. To begin with, the Hindutva warcry “Phele Kasai, Phir Isaai” (First Muslims; Then Christians) was less heard, but more practiced in the state. Both minorities were being targetted, but Christians are more severely attacked. He said if according to The CSF 2011 India Persecution Report the national average was one attacks a day, then Karnataka with a minimum of 3 – 5 attacks can correctly claim the dubious distinction of being the worst in the country. He called for the report to be circulated widely not just nationally, but also internationally that the true plight of Indian Christian be known.

Justice Saldanha said that the race for the notorious top spot seems to have won by Karnataka largely because State Terror is what singles out this state. Though no direct murder as yet, but the very large scale on which persecution is conducted almost daily by official agencies, even beats other BJP ruled states, like Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, etc. The police, bureaucracy and lower judiciary give the impression of having abdicated their duty and allowing themselves to be slaves and arms of their political masters who rule the state. The communal pogroms unleashed by the fundamentalist forces is unheard of in any other state. Thousands of false cases are registered with the alleged connivance of the authorities, at the instance of the politicians to consolidate the majority vote. Justice Saldanha concluded that The CSF 2011 India Persecution Report is a potent weapon in the fight against communal forces and in a way expose the grave threat Indian Christians are exposed to.

Dr. Prof Ram PuniyaniDr. Prof Ram Puniyani: Hindutva – communalising politics

He is the mentor of Plural India and an authority on Hindutva, having studied the saffron right wing brigade for decades said that the Hindutva affiliates had now clearly turned their attention to Christians, as they found the community to be soft targets, with little fear of retaliation. He said on going through the reports coming in from all over the country, the incidents were widespread and scattered (urban and rural), but more in the latter – Tribal, Adivasi, Mofusil and Backward and. Adivasi areas. It is here, where Christians have been rendering yeoman service (as few fear to tread), that the fanatics of RSS affiliates like VHP, Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, Bajrang Dal etc have intensified their activities. And the Christians are helpless.

Dr. Prof Ram said that while Muslims have been on the firing line of RSS-Hindutva politics ever since even pre-partition days, the marked vicious attacks against Christians community initially came as a surprise to many. However, the ground for this was being prepared by the RSS affiliates, Swamis and godmen – Swami Aseemanand (in jail as bomb blast accused) in Dangs, Gujarat; followers of Asaram Bapu in Madhya Pradesh and Swami Laxmananand in Orissa and many of their ilk in almost every state of the country.He said that a State where the minorites are not safe, cannot be a thriving secular democracy, with tendencies to become a theocratic State or Hindu Rashtra, as is being sought to convert India into.

He pointed out that the activities of VHP-Bajrang Dal and Hindutva upstarts were intensified to frighten those Christians doing yeoman service in the field of health, education, etc.  The attacks have been preceeded by a constant propaganda that these Christian missionaries are converting by force, fraud and allurement and so are a threat to Hinduism and the nation. But, the declining percentage of Christians in India as per the census figures – 2.60 in 1972, 2.44 in 1981, 2.44 in 1991 and 2.30 in 2001 – exposes this lie. He said that The CSF Report provided the much needed well documented evidence that not only is the saffron right wing brigade live and active, but also that it is thriving with great gusto. This is a threat to India as a nation and hence the need to wake-up, before it is too late.

Dr. Prof. Ram also referred to Wadhva Commission, appointed by NDA, where its report drew attention to the fact that there was no increase in the population of Christians in the area where Pastor Graham Stains was working and that neither was he working for conversions. ” Christianity is an age-old Indian religion, when disciples of Jesus, in 52 A.D – St Thomas, established churches on southern coast and St. Bartholomew, also around the same time came to the western coast, making Indian Christians go back over 2000 years, even before it came to the west “, he concluded.

Ms. Saumya UmaMs. Saumya Uma: Kids & Women worst affected

An independent consultant on gender and human rights issues, who played an integral part in the Tribunal on Orissa Anti-Christian Violence, described the plight of women and children, which was the same irrespective where the communal attack took place.There is documentation to prove that there is at least one major attack on Christians every day, which makes it a minimum of 365 attacks, involving at least so many children, if not more. According to Saumya – The impact of communal violence on an unformed mind is indeed shattering and adverse in more than one ways. Children are often voiceless, defenseless and silent observers to the perpetration of such crimes, which affects them more psychologically, than physically. But, apart from this, other effects, include – deprivation of basic education, malnutrition even in refugee camps, fear and financial insecurity, parents fear sending children out, trafficking for child labour and abuse, separation and displacement, disease and injuries, post traumatic disorders, become revengeful and social misfits. 

Ms. Saumya Uma also pointed out that the most vulnerable section of victims, after children is that of women as noticed in studies on gender violence in the anti-Christian violence. Nuns who are known for their celibacy, and sisters, like wives or daughters of pastors or community leaders, are especially targeted. Several cases have been recorded, where apart from the sexual abuse, such as rape and molestation, the victims face problems with their reproductive organs, suffer miscarriages/abortions, have issues during giving birth to children, freedom of movement restrictions, etc.

Ms. Saumya Uma said that the victims and their families could not resume their livelihood, due to social pressure and ostracism, much time being spent due in pursuing justice, suffering psychological traumas, non availability of women doctors & medical attention, inhuman state of refugee camps… ” The women often do not complain for fear of the allegation that it was not rape, but consensual sex on a regular basis and being susceptible to human trafficking, menial jobs, etc. Often women are targeted not for sexual gratification, but to heap humiliation on the males, who are putting up a fight “, she added.

JoeJoseph Dias: Highlights of the persecution

The general secretary of The CSF, who compiled the report thanked the hundreds of activists and NGOs, who sent in reports from different parts of the country through out the year. Joseph Dias publicly acknowledged the great community service undertaken by organisations like the CBCI, NCCI, AICC, GCIC, EFI, Prashanti, MP Issai Mahasangh and office-bearers/activists of these, whom The CSF is eternally grateful. He also commended the media, including community / social networking websites, which played a major role in providing inputs for report. A detailed listing of these would be available in the complete report, expected later. Here below are some highlights

The Worst Ever Harsh Reality – 2011: A communal riot-free India will continue to remain a distant pipe dream with stiff opposition to the proposed Communal Violence bill, likely to ensure that it is not passed. Until and when that happens though, the vociferous Hindutva militants and right wing parties continue to have a field day preying on the minorities. The study of the attacks on the minorities in 2011 clearly shows the year to be one where persecution has peaked. This, despite the fact, that there has been no major pogrom, (like Orissa or Karnataka) causing massive threat to life, limb or property. The reason 2011 is the worst-ever year for Indian Christians, as the sheer number of attacks indicate, is because the persecution has become more widespread, covering almost all states of the country. A minimum of a 1000 Christian families have been affected by these attacks.

As per the reports coming in during 2011 from almost all Indian states, there is a perceptible increase in the Hindutva attacks; even in places where the Hindutva brigade (RSS, VHP, BJP, Sangh Parivar, Ram Sene and their spawns) was not traditionally strong. Of serious concern is the fact that a clear pattern is emerging, which shows that Christians are next on the Hindutva radar of terror. The pan India attacks well documented, expose a pre-meditated sinister campaign to make soft targets of this micro-minority across the country in the year to come. If one goes by the number of reports coming in, in 2012, the numbers of persecuted Christians and discriminated institutions/NGOs are bound to go up, as more incidents get recorded.

This preliminary annual persecution report 2011 wishes to highlight about 250 of the most heinous crimes of targeted violence against Christians in India. It raises relevant issues of freedom of faith and religious liberty, besides abuse of basic human and constitutional rights. The CSF would like to reiterate that these are only the serious ones, that have been brought to light and the attacks that are unreported by the media or not recorded by the authorities, could well be over three times this number. If one were to add, all major and minor persecution incidents against Indian Christians, the number could well swell to over 1000 cases mark in 2011 alone. The most recent form of persecution is Christians branded as naxalites, Maoists (in central India), like Arun Ferreira or anti-national as in the north east region – profiling or stereotyping of Christians, as all Muslims get painted as terrorists.

Forms, Extent & Nature of the Attacks

The nature of these crimes have been categorized alphabetically to reflect the nature and intensity of persecution as – (A) death and murder; (B) grievous injuries and merciless beating; (C) rape, molestation and trauma against children; (D) destruction and desecration of churches, religious articles, seminaries, cemeteries, statues, bibles, etc; (E) Christian institutions, believers’ houses, property, transportation, source of livelihood destroyed; (F)religious service or Sunday / Festival worship disrupted; (G) Christians jailed, arrested or detained by police or acted against by the authorities; (H) Clergy, Church workers or Christian laity abused, insulted, threatened or sentiments hurt; (I) Foreign missionaries deported or acted against by government and (J) other forms of persecution/attacks not mentioned above. All the above human rights violation is exclusively directed due to the opponents’ objections to the victims’ professing and practicing the Christian belief, which is a universal fundamental right.

Top 10 Persecution States

Karnataka heads the list of top 10 persecution states, being guilty of all the above heinous crimes, except no recorded murder. The dubious distinction for most Christian killings, making it second on the black list goes to Orissa, with half a dozen martyrs, who died for the faith and include pastors, a catechist, a presbyter and community leaders. The other 8 states who recorded crimes against Indian Christians, in order of intensity are – Andhra Pradesh, coming a close third, with Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Jammu and Kashmir, following it. Among the others in the notorious list of persecuting states are the national capital Delhi, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Meghalaya.

Hundreds of Christians are being persecuted under anti-conversion laws and other sections falsely foisted upon them like 295A, which indicts them for creating enmity on trumped-up charges. In as many as seven states there is legislation that curbs freedom of religion, such as Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa and Rajasthan.

Brutal & Inhuman Nature

Joseph Dias said that “What makes such acts of persecution and anti-Christian violence even more shocking is the fact that they are perpetrated on a micro-minority (2.3%), who commanded by their faith to turn the other cheek. The believers of no other religion would tolerate such abuse and insult. Further, the communalists are sure of no retaliation from the Indian Christians, as they are indoctrinated by the Church to suffer, forgive and love in return their persecutors. How else would one explain the silence of the lamb victims, many of whom are senior citizens, women and children, even handicapped and many times with the implicit or tacit involvement of the police, politician and administration.

He said that while all the other faith followers are free to pray and celebrate their religious festivals or observations, thousands of Indian Christians across all states cannot do so. Sunday services, prayer meetings, Good Friday, Christmas, Easter, etc. have all been occasions to provoke, threaten and attack. Another trend noticed in 2011 is that Christians are not even allowed to pray for the country on national holidays like Independence and Republic Days. While a strike by the Hindutva brigade prevented Christmas celebrations for the fourth consecutive year in Kandhamal, in Karnataka a vicious attack by religious fanatics, left dozens grievously injured on Christmas day, battling for their lives. The situation in other states were no different with reports coming in of Christians having to go underground, remain in their houses and observe religious days in an atmosphere of fear and threat.

Missionaries Deported: The year 2011 also saw a record number of missionaries and evangelists threatened to be or even deported. It took a huge public outcry for the Supreme Court to expunge its remarks on January 21 2011, seeking to almost justify the murderer Dara Singh’s motive for killing Australian missionary, Graham Staines and his two minor sons. This was followed by repeated threats to expel an 80 year-old Fr. Jim Borst, a Dutch missionary serving in Jammu & Kashmir for almost half a century, educating the locals. 

Another 63 year-old nun, Sr. Jacqueline Jean from the UK, who served lepers in Bangalore, was denied permission to stay on and continue her work, even though she came in through the Commonwealth Agreement operating at the time. American evangelist, William Lee, who had been visiting India since 1998, was deported for joining a prayer meeting in Kerala, besides being jailed and fined, for doing so.

Most countries allow freedom of worship with the clergy or believers of other faiths allowed to express their beliefs. It is for this reason that Hindu godmen like Sri Sri Ravishankar, Ramdev Baba and congregations like ISKCON and even the VHP freely operate abroad, especially in the western countries. However, in India, not only are Christian believers from abroad not allowed in many cases, but these foreigners are harassed and are under constant threat. This is a violation of under international practice, but even worse is that in India, Christians too have to take permits in many states to pray & worship.

Lokpal & FCRA:

The draconian FCRA has been used by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, to ban or freeze the funds, without allegedly little justification. Further, in the recent Lokpal Bill, NGOs have been put under the ambit of the Lokpal, which is bound to limit social services by these NGOs, many of whom are Christian ones. According to the government, 60 NGOs were banned from receiving foreign contributions and the accounts of 20 others were frozen. The government also released details of those organisations that received more than Rs 1 crore annually in the past five years.

At present, there are 42,202 NGOs registered as receiving funds from abroad, of which at least 958 got Rs 1 crore or above last financial year. Of the NGOs receiving Rs 1 crore and above from abroad last year — a majority were Christian missionary organisations working in the rural areas of Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Karnataka. World Vision of India, based at Egmore, Chennai, tops the list of 958 for 2010-11, with Rs 233.74 crore, followed by Kolkata-based Missionaries of Charity (Rs 62.29 crore) and Compassion East India (Rs 59.96 crore).

Evil Designs for 2012, as Persecution Increases

Earlier it was believed that only the Muslim minority was being targeted by the Hindutva forces. However, ground zero updates indicate that not only have attacks on Christian become a regular affair, but also that it would proportionately outnumber the attacks on Muslims, especially since there is no fear of retaliation. In 2011, the general secretary of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Pravin Togadia called for a new constitution allowing ‘anyone who converts Hindus to be beheaded.’ Such extremist hate speech tolerated is indicative of a growing hostility towards minorities in the country. This does not augur well for India’s international reputation, at a time when it is seeking closer ties with the developed world for its economic progress.

There are instances of over 2141 Christians affected in 2011, which does not include their family, relatives and friends, who were also victimized. The current scenario is not only unprecedented and widespread, but is also marked in terms of its severity and intensity. The recent attacks have clearly exposed the bold and blatant involvement of the State machinery abetting, if not participating in the violence. This too is expected to rise in 2012, with the alleged increasing communalization of a few in the political parties, administration, judiciary, police, etc.

Please await the next part of this report soon.

– joseph dias

RECENT ATTACKS ON CHRISTIANS AT MAINDAGURI – SURATHKAL

RECENT ATTACKS ON CHRISTIANS AT MAINDAGURI – SURATHKAL

31st December 2011

To

The Director General & Inspector General of Police

Karnataka

Nrupathunga Road

Bengaluru 560001

Sir,

SUBJECT: RECENT ATTACKS ON CHRISTIANS AT MAINDAGURI – SURATHKAL

              We refer to the deadly attack with lethal weapons on 12 Christians having Christmas dinner together on 25th night at the house of Adveppa Karishennavar at Maindaguri, Kodikere, Suratkal. A four-member team from PUCL and Karnataka Komu Souharda Vedike visited the spot and met some of the victims and the injured and heard their version of the incident. The members of team were: M/s David D’Souza, Victor D’Silva, Mohammed Kakkinje and Suresh Bhat. The team has obtained a photocopy of the FIR. Based upon its enquiries and the facts collected, the team has the following observations to make:

  • That the attackers trespassed into the house of Adveppa Karishennavar.
  • That the attackers belonged to some Hindutva organization because according to the victims, the first thing they uttered upon trespassing was “Are there any religious conversions going on here? Are there any Hindus here?”
  • That it was a purely communal act and the uttering of above-mentioned words was with deliberate intent to wound the religious feelings of the gathering.
  • That the attackers were disturbing a religious assembly.
  • That it was a deliberate and malicious act, intended to outrage religious feelings of the gathering by insulting its religion or religious beliefs.
  • That the attackers were promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion and committed acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony.
  • That the attackers imputed and made assertions prejudicial to national-integration.
  • That it was a preplanned attack and a criminal conspiracy.
  • That it was an unlawful assembly for rioting armed with deadly weapons.
  • That their intention was to voluntarily cause grievous hurt by dangerous weapons.
  • That the person/persons who hired the attackers to join the unlawful assembly and commit the above offences should be caught and punished suitably.
  • That the present FIR does not reflect the above acts committed by the group of assailants.

We therefore demand that in view of the above facts, fresh cases should be booked against the attackers under appropriate sections of IPC.

It has also been disclosed by the victims that despite their immediate phone calls, the police took nearly 20 minutes to reach the place and by that time the assailants had managed to escape. But the police instead of doing their constitutional duty started asking communally loaded questions. Such as “How many lakhs of rupees did you receive for getting converted? How many other persons have got converted?”  One senior officer, on learning that Pastor Suresh was also present in the gathering, even went to the extent of remarking “Oh! Is it the same Suresh who is challenging our instructions?” In this connection we need to clarify about these so-called instructions.

Sometime in August this year Mangalore police had asked various Christian religious groups not to conduct any more prayer meetings at halls and homes. These instructions had been conveyed over the telephone to several pastors. Also many were called separately to various police stations and given these verbal instructions.Among them was Pastor Suresh had been called to the Suratkal police station. They had been told that in future, they would have to obtain written permission from the Deputy Commissioner of the district before conducting any such prayer meetings in any prayer hall or residence or community hall or hotel etc.  When they asked the reason for such an illegal and unconstitutional order, the police told them that they were under “pressure”. These were disclosed by the president of Karnataka Mission Network during a press conference held on 27.8.2011. (A reply to an RTI query admits that there are no such written instructions and no such requirement of obtaining prior permission for prayers)

The least we can say about the behavior of these policemen is that we are totally aghast. We therefore urge that they be booked under IPC sections 153A, 153B, 217, 218, 221, 225A, 295A, 296 and 298 and necessary legal action be taken against them.

Yours Faithfully

For People’s Union for Civil Liberties

(P.B D’Sa)

President

ATTACK ON HEBRON ASSEMBLY CHURCH AT HALEYANGADI

ATTACK ON HEBRON ASSEMBLY CHURCH  AT HALEYANGADI 

31st December 2011

To

Inspector General of Police

Western Range

Mangalore 575 001

Sir,

SUB: ATTACK ON HEBRON ASSEMBLY CHURCH AT HALEYANGADI

                  We refer to the deadly attack on Christians performing prayer at the Hebron Assembly Church at Haleyangadi on 28th night. They were armed with lethal weapons such as stones, brickbats and clubs. We have learnt about the above-mentioned attack by communal elements from pastor I.D.Prasanna and others and also from media reports. It is also learnt that five of the attackers have been apprehended and they have been involved in similar communal offences earlier but were out on bail. In our opinion these persons have committed the additional offence of non-compliance of bail conditions. We have obtained a photocopy of the FIR and after going through the same we have the following observations to make:

  • That the attackers tried to trespass into the prayer hall of the Hebron Assembly church but on finding the door closed they trespassed into the adjacent house of pastor I.D.Prasanna.
  • That the attackers committed criminal trespass and house trespass punishable with imprisonment after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint by night.
  • That the attacker’s intention was to cause injury, capable of causing death.
  • That the attackers had made preparations for causing death or hurt and committed mischief in the pastor’s house and outside the church.
  • That the miscreants damaged window panes and lights and a CC camera of the said church and also damaged four vehicles, a refrigerator and a microwave oven.
  • That the attackers belonged to some Hindutva organization because according to the victims, the first sentences they uttered were “you are all praying so much….Let us see how you continue to pray.” They have also abused their religion and God Jesus Christ.
  • That the attackers committed defamation by causing harm to reputation.
  • That the attackers committed criminal intimidation.
  • That the attackers intentionally insulted the gathering with intent to provoke breach of the peace.
  • That it was a purely communal act and the uttering of above-mentioned sentences was with deliberate intent to wound the religious feelings of the gathering.
  • That the attackers were disturbing a religious assembly in a place of worship.
  • That the offences were committed in a place of worship.
  • That it was a deliberate and malicious act, intended to outrage religious feelings of the gathering in a place of worship by insulting its religion or religious beliefs.
  • That the attackers by their words and deeds were promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion and committed acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony in a place of worship.
  • That the attackers imputed and made assertions prejudicial to national-integration in a place of worship.
  • That it was a preplanned attack and a criminal conspiracy.
  • That it was an unlawful assembly for rioting armed with deadly weapons.
  • That their intention was to voluntarily cause grievous hurt by dangerous weapons.
  • That the person/persons who hired the attackers to join the unlawful assembly and commit the above offences should be caught and punished suitably.
  • That the person/persons who abetted the said attack must be found and punished suitably.
  • That the present FIR does not reflect the above acts committed by the group of assailants.

We therefore demand that in view of the above facts, fresh cases should be booked against the attackers under appropriate sections of IPC.

Sometime in August this year Mangalore police had asked various Christian religious groups not to conduct any more prayer meetings at halls and homes. These instructions had been conveyed over the telephone to several pastors. Also many were called separately to various police stations and given these verbal instructions. Pastor Prasanna was one among those who attended. They had been told that in future, they would have to obtain written permission from the Deputy Commissioner of the district before conducting any such prayer meetings in any prayer hall or residence or community hall or hotel etc.  When they asked the reason for such an illegal and unconstitutional order, the police told them that they were under “pressure”. These were disclosed by the president of Karnataka Mission Network during a press conference held on 27.8.2011. (A reply to an RTI query admits that there are no such written instructions and no such requirement of obtaining prior permission for prayers).

We also demand that appropriate legal action should be taken against police personnel found guilty of the above-mentioned instructions and also against those not representing the true facts of the case.

Yours Faithfully

For People’s Union for Civil Liberties

(P. B D’Sa)

President