6, 1998, Bangaon (Bihar) - Father Villan Topno attacked seriously
January 1998, Hingoli (Maharashtra)
- Paul Nagendran and his team were beaten up. Nagendran lies paralysed.
A 200 year-old graveyard belonging to the Christian community was
captured illegally and a grave desecrated and destroyed in Hansi.
Feb. 15, 1998 Latur (Maharashtra)
- Alleged RSS workers attack Catholic
Hospital Association of India camp.
February 20, 1998 (Tamil
Nadu) - Bethany Fellowship Church was destroyed in Erode.
(Gujarat): Divan Tembrum village. The heads of the village,
police Patel Ramesh Avasu and Suresh Mahru, rushed to the prayer hall
while prayers were taking place at 8 p.m. The Christians were beaten
up with police sticks. A complaint was made to the police but no action
has been taken.
2 (Gujarat): Padra, Baroda District. A group of people were distributing
handbills concerning an oncoming Christian meeting scheduled to be
held on Baroda polo grounds during 4th to 7th March, 1998. VHP-Bajrang
Dal, Durga Vahini young men came out in large numbers and started
severely beating the group, which included a few foreign tourists.
One woman, who was pregnant, was kicked with boots. Another woman's
frock was torn. They were not only severely beaten but also forced
them to chant the names of Hindu gods. Later the police came on the
scene and took the victims to the Padra police station and detained
them there for a long time.
4 (Gujarat): Vadodara (Baroda), Attack in the Baroda polo ground
on peaceful Christian minority group. Jesus Mahotsav meeting was scheduled
to be conducted on the polo ground Baroda, during 4th to 7th March,
1998 with due permissions from the authorities. Necessary arrangements
for this meeting were made including erection of a dais for the speakers
and another pulpit for the singing team. A group of about 300 young
volunteers allegedly of the VHP-Bajrang Dal descended on the stage
and on the polo ground, where a large audience was patiently waiting
for viewing the listening the programme.. The group began running
among the audience, blowing whistles and bursting fire crackers, thereby
creating great commotion and panic among the entire gathering.
They resorted to severely and mercilessly beating the audience. On
an earlier day they tried to set the stage on fire, when it was being
erected. Some people in the audience received such severe injuries
including fractured hands and head injuries. A Maruti 800 car (No
GJ-6-AA 308) belonging to one of the participants was burnt. The trouble
makers also destroyed musical instruments, the loss of which is estimated
to be around Rs 2 lakh. The buses engaged for transporting the participants
in the meeting were prevented from taking off. The stranded participants
using public transport at the bus stands were singled out and were
13, 1998, Khanvel (Dadra & Nagar Haveli) - Pilgrims attacked
by Holi revellers.
25 (Bihar): Luke Putaniyil of Missionaries of Charity murdered
in Noeada, a place about 120kms. from Patna..
1998, Kurnool (Andhra Pradesh) - Gipson's Central Baptist Church
threatened with demolition by VHP activists.
3, 1998 Baroda (Gujarat) - Christian convention at the polo grounds
attacked by the members of the VHP and Bajrang Dal.
11, 1998, Palanpur (Gujarat) - Worshippers at prayer meet attacked
on grounds of holding 'Jesus Mahotsav'.
11, 1998, Palanpur (Gujarat) - Angelos II the Music team of Inter
Collegiate Prayer Fellowship was not allowed to perform.
11, 1998 (Gujarat): Palanpur. Attack on Christian gathering during
the Passion week on 11th April, 1998:. The united meeting of Christian
communities of Palanpur at the Municipal hall during the passion week
(Crucifixion of Jesus Christ) on 10,11 & 12th April, 1998 : was
attacked on 11 April in the afternoon around 4 pm when some 30-35
members allegedly of the VHP/Bajrang Dal forcibly entered the Municipal
hall from behind the climbing the compound wall, armed with hockey
sticks, cricket bats, iron rods, etc. They destroyed the food being
prepared for about 250 guests, damaged vessels, entered the next room
where some women and children were resting, and beat them. They damaged
a Tata bus of the mission which was parked on the ground near the
hall. The damage is estimated at Rs 35,000/-.
16 (GUJARAT): NARODA (Ahmedabad).
Church under construction razed to the ground by the Gram Panchayat
The St Antony's Church, Prayer hall, Community hall and Medical Centre
which were under different stages of construction, near the Murlidhar
society in Naroda (Ahmedabad suburb) were destroyed in the presence
of a large and armed gathering. There are many religious and other
structures which are illegally constructed, in the Naroda Gram Panchayat
area and AUDA area, and even in the Capital city of Gandhinagar, but
only the Christian buildings were targeted.
St. Mary's School, run by the Jacobites, was vandalized on the
pretext that Sanskrit was not taught there. Among other religious
articles, a statue of the Virgin Mary was badly damaged
5, 1998 Koshippilly (Kerala) - 'Little Flower Church' vandalised,
crucifix desecrated 10 May, 1998, (Mumbai) - 40 strong group disrupted
the Sunday Worship in 4 churches.
11 (Maharashtra): Shiv Sena activists attacked Father Octavio
Nevis with iron rods in Ambernath.
15, 1998 - Ranchi (Bihar) Brother Modestus Tirkey. headmaster
of a Catholic School attacked.
18, (Gujarat): Miscreants attacked and stoned the jeep of a Catholic
priest Xavier Amalraj at Pipalvada near Zankhvav breaking the windshield
and injuring one of the occupants of the jeep.
1 (Maharastra): Christians beaten and 6 houses destroyed.
11, 1998 - Ambarnath (Maharashtra) - Alleged Shiv Sainiks assault
Father Octavio Antony Nevis with iron bars.
June 16, 1998 - (Maharashtra)
of Friends Missionary Prayer Band (FMPB) were beaten by Sarpanch and
houses were destroyed.
16 (Maharashtra): St. Savariyar Church at Srilankapada, Malad
in Mumbai was demolished by the Municipal Corporation.
June 17 (Gujarat):
The principal of St Xaviers's School, Deputy Collector with the express
orders of the Collector, Surat, and with police came to search and
confiscate records of admissions and students who had applied. Another
school, Lourdes Convent, was also humiliated with such orders-to-search-and-confiscate.
The principal complained that the district education officer too was
constantly harassing with threats of derecognition and cutting off
of grants. The principal alleged that the collector's office was involved
in the attempt to implicate the two schools.
21, 1988 (Gujarat): Singana village in Dangs Prayer hall burnt
26, 1998 (Gujarat): Prayer hall burnt at 8:30 p.m. in Lahan Kadmad
village in Dangs District.
29 (Gujarat): Prayer hall in Umarpada attacked but assailants
failed to set it on fire.
8, 1998 (Gujarat): Kapadwanj, Nadiad district (old Kheda district)
: The body of Samuel Christian, a Methodist Christian, was exhumed
allegedly by VHP activists from the cemetery at Kapadvanj and dumped
near the Methodist church. A group of Vaghris, an OBC community, had
encroached on the cemetery-land while the police and the administration
have been allegedly not taking prompt action.
11, 1998 - Bhind (Maharashtra) - two workers of FMPB were beaten.
12, 1998 (GUJARAT) :, Christians gathered for Sunday worship when
village Patel Baburao Gavit allegedly rushed in brandishing a bottle
and threatened the Christians. The same day, the church lock was broken,
and the Cross removed from the prayer hall in Dhavalidod.
16, 1998 (Gujarat): Zankhav village of Mangrol taluka, Surat District:
The Shantiniketan High School, run by the Jesuit priests of the Loyola
Education Trust, was broken into and stoned on July 16. A tractor
was driven into the premises and the playground for children was ploughed.
Damage to the tune of Rs. 15,000 was caused. The land in question
was the property of the late Shantilal Shah who handed it over to
the Loyola Education Trust to build a school in 1984. The Fathers
have been running the school which caters to the tribal students of
neighbouring villages and the residents of Zankhav town (out of the
720 students enrolled, 152 are Christians and the rest belong to other
religions). The "Gujarat Samachar" and the "Sandesh"
dailies, had been systematically printing inflammatory and vicious
articles in Gujarati that the priests were forcibly converting tribals
to Christianity and that only Christian children were being admitted
into the school. Two truck-loads of hooligans from the nearby Wadi
village were let loose in Zankhvav market the next day . In the ensuing
violence, the parents of three students were arrested. Rather than
take punitive measures against the evil-doers, the Gujarat State Government
(BJP), seems to be a tacit endorser of the destructive activities
that have been carried out and are being carried out to create fear
among the tribals and to paralyse the good work done by Christian
16 (New Delhi): Hindu politicians prepare bill harmful to Christian
education. The bill calls for all schools to conform to the concept
that India should be a Hindu nation. It calls for the rewriting of
India's history books and the closure of non-Hindu religious schools.
17 (Karnataka): Bajrang Dal conducts simultaneous raids al over
Karnataka, forcing their way into Christian schools and Convents.
Cluny convent, Bangalore; the Sacred Heart Convent, Keshwapur, Hubli;
the St. Mary's Convent School, Christ the King Convent School, Nirmala
Convent School, St. Joseph's Convent School and Carmel Convent School,
all in Mysore; the St. Joseph's Convent School and St. John's Convent
School in Mandya and the St. Joseph's Girl's High School in Bellary
reported such raids.
(Karnataka): Bajrang Dal activists forced their way into St. Mary's
Convent School while the Assembly was on and spat on the face of a
nun who protested.
18, 1998 (Gujarat): In Bhapkal Village in Dangs District, a prayer
hall was burnt and Christians harassed allegedly by one Bansha Bapu
Pawar of the same village.
18 (Tamil Nadu): Assemblies of God's church believers and workers
beaten and materials looted in Anaaipalayam.
20, 1998 (Gujarat): Rajkot: Copies of the Holy Bible (New Testament)
were burnt by alleged VHP and Bajrang Dal activists at the I.P. Mission
School, Rajkot. The miscreants claimed that the school authorities,
in connivance with the Gideon Society, were trying to forcibly convert
the children into Christianity because on the last page of the New
Testament, readers were expected to sign a note stating that they
had accepted Jesus Christ as their Saviour.
23, 1998 (Gujarat): Borkhal Village: revenue Thallathi (official)
Kalu Mana Gaikwad allegedly connived with local Hindu activists and
late at night attacked and injured Adivasis who were at prayer in
the prayer hall. The adivasis were beaten up, and later false cases
filed against them.
23 (New Delhi): Delhi Government attempts to close down churches
because the serving of sacramental wine violates liquor laws.
In Isar, a small village 10 kms. from Zankhav, where also the Catholic
Priests are working, a group of RSS and Bajrang Dal activists attacked
the Christians and terrorised them. They added insult to injury by
filing a case against the Christians themselves resulting in the arrest
of 14 Christians. Dhavalidod village :
25 (Gujarat): Hindu activists exhumed a buried body of a Christian
27, 1998 (Gujarat): Darapada village,, Christian believer Ulus
Ramji Pawar was attacked and killed allegedly by one Dinesh Nana Bhoye
of Darpada and other, and a false complaint lodged against the murdered
9 (Gujarat): Church demolished by RSS people in Ahmedabad.
13 (Manipur): Two Catholic priests manhandled by an Army Colonel.
15 (U.P.): O.M. workers distributing tracts in Robertsganj were
brutally assaulted by youth belonging to the Bajrang Dal, Shiv Sena,
25 (West Bengal): Bikashdas of MCI assaulted by Trinamool MP Sudip
Bandhpadhyay in Calcutta,
31 (Bihar): A Catholic church demolished in Kobatoli village in
5 (New Delhi): Bajrang Dal launches "Quit India" campaign
against Christian missionaries.
September 22, 1998 - In
a most shocking incident in Jhabua in Madhya Pradesh, four of our
Religious Sisters were assaulted and gang-raped in the early hours.
23, 1998 - A crowd led by the BJP MLA Shailendra Pradhan attacked
the parish house of Fr. Edward Sarel, about 10 kms. from Jhabua. 24
September '98 - a Clarist Convent in Baghpat (U.P.) was attacked.
23 (U. P. ): Nuns in a Clarist Convent were attacked in Bhagpat.
26 (UP): The subdivisional magistrate, Mr. Yadav, along with the
Police Station Officer, Mr. R. D. Rai and Sub-inspectors Mr. Girija
Singh and Mr. Shri Ram Mishra along with seven policemen forced their
way into the Jiwan Jyoti Christian Hospital Campus in Robertsganj.
They threatened a group of about 32 seekers and misbehaved with the
medical superintendent, Dr. (Mrs.) Monica Benjamin.
26 (U.P.): Activists of Hindu Jagran Manch, Bajrang Dal and Rana
Tharu Parishad broke into the Union Church in Amaun, two kilometers
east of Khatima, in Udham Singh Nagar District. They put up an idol
of Shiva in the church and worshipped it for about two hours.
26 (New Delhi): A Statue of St. Bernard was hacked and thrown
out of the compound of Jesus and Mary College in New Delhi.
30 (New Delhi): Acharya Giriraj Kishor, the Secretary-General
of the VHP, warned Christian missionaries to leave India.
7 (U.P.) : Christy Jyoti Convent Public School threatened by villagers
of Baghpat and Meerut Districts.
10, 1998 - BJP Government's Home Minister has accused Mr. Houtsma
of "Spreading superstition in our society" and violating
the rules under Bombay Police Act by organising a Faith Healing session
in Rajkot. Police had issued a show cause notice to the Faith Healer.
October 30, 1998 (Ayodhya)
- The BJP
dominated council of Ayodhya last week passed a resolution banning
burial of the bodies within the municipal limits of this historic
30 (Gujarat): Attack on delegates attending the National Christian
Conference in Baroda during the 9th Leadership Conference from 27th
October to 1st November 1998. They used sticks, belts, chains, and
fists to mercilessly beat up the delegates as they were forced into
the streets. Bibles and other personal documents were snatched from
their hands. About 40 of those beaten up sustained injuries.
9 (Haryana): A Catholic convent was broken into in Jhajjar District
in Kheda Khummar Village and two nuns, Sr. Daisy and Sr. Litsy were
assaulted and asked to leave the place.
11 (Gujarat) : In village Borigautha near vaghai in Dangs district,
miscreatns tried to burn down a chapel. The miscreants also set fire
to some structures in the village and looted the people.
11 (Gujarat) : In Daghunia village near the Saputara road in Dangs
district, several Christian tribals were beaten up including a sickly
lady. Several families were taken to Unai in forced to bathe in the
hot springs as a kind of `purification.' The woman and her husband
were again terrorised and assaulted. The elected sarpanch sided with
the miscreatns and has now decreed that the Christians should not
draw water from the village well, and should not send thier cattle
with the animals of other villagers to the jungles to graze. In another
decree, the village Sarpanch had said the Christians would no longer
be given work in any government or government aided project.
Sultan Battery (Kerala)
Gospel workers that includes 4 women whom belongs to the St. Paul's
Mission of India was attacked by RSS workers. They were beaten brutaly
and their bibles were destroyed.
Continuing harassment and violence against Christians in Dharampur,
South Gujarat: - Jamalpadam village: Adivasi Christians of the village
were beaten up allegedly by VHP activists.
- Pipalyamal village.
In complicity between police officer Damor and local VHP activist
Gamaj Gavli, Christians have been routinely harassed and threatened.
Jarsol Village; The Gujarat Samachar, against which the Christians
have made several complaints, reported, falsely, that Adivasi Christians
of the village had slaughtered and eaten a cow. False complaints were
filed by the police officer, G. M. Damor, and many Christians were
implicated and locked up.