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July  2000
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Attacks on Christians in 2000

The All–India Christian Council claims there have been over 300 attacks targeting Christians and their institutions in different parts of the country in the last two years. Given below is a list of attacks since the dawn of the new millennium.

  • January 1: Father Vikas attacked at St. Mary’s School, Panipat, Haryana.
  • February 18: Attack on a hospital and desecration of Mother Mary’s  statue, Dindigul, Tamil Nadu.
  •  March 7: Copies of Bible snatched, devotees slapped during a prayer meeting, Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
  •  March 9: Ish Mata Catholic Church looted, a portion of the rear wall destroyed, Samalkha, Haryana.
  • March 12: A computer centre run by the Christians looted; inmates locked, Ghaziabad, UP.
  • March 31: Two priests attached to the Archbishop’s House taken to police station on fake charges and detained, Agra, UP.
  • April 6: St. Dominic’s School attacked and the principal abused for refusing admission to a few children, Mathura, UP.
  • April 10: Sacred Heart School attacked by parents for not promoting  students who had failed in the examinations, Mathura, UP.
  • April 11: Murderous attack on the principal and nuns of St. Teresa  School, Koshi Kalan, UP.
  • April 21: Christian group from Hyderabad attacked, literature  they were carrying set on fire by Bajrang Dal activists, Haryana.
  • April 25: Two nuns hit by a scooterist, Rewari, Haryana.
  • May 2: Masked men assault nuns at a convent, Jhansi, UP.
  • May 3: Christian group beaten up The Dangs, Gujarat.
  • May 3: Break-in at a church, Sagarpur, Delhi.
  • May 4: Mob attack on a catholic School, Patna, Bihar.
  • May 6: Bajrang Dal men beat up Christians, Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
  • May 6: 13 Christians arrested for holding prayer meetings and street plays without prior permission, The Dangs, Gujarat.
  • May 9: The VHP, Bajrang Dal men barge into a girls’ hostel and assault those watching a film on Jesus Christ, Nasik, Maharashtra.
  • May 11: A Jesuit stabbed, Basavanpura village near Bangalore, Karnataka.
  • May 13: 3 churches attacked in Indore 
  • May 16: A priest attacked, Bhind, MP.
  • May 21: 30 people injured in a bomb blast at a prayer meeting, Machilipatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
  • May 21: Prayer homes torched, Kandhmal district, Orissa.
  • May 29: IED’s found in churches, Medak, Vikarabad, AP. 
  • June 7: A priest murdered at Paulus Memorial School, Mathura,UP.
  • June 8: Bomb explosion in churches, Karnataka, AP and Goa.
  • June 11: A priest is killed, Jalandhar, Punjab.
  • June 14: Priest beaten, paraded, in a village in Jagdalpur, MP.
  • June 18: Eyewitness of priest’s murder dies in police custody, Mathura, UP.
  • June 24: Graves dug up near church, AP.
  • June 27: Miscreants ransack a church, Pusad, 
  • July 5: Missionary school guard beaten up, Jhansi, UP.
  • July 5: Bajrang Dal force closure of Christian school, Ahmedabad.

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