According to Sajan George, head of the “Global Council of Indian Christians” (GCIC), the attacks occurred without any provocation or apparent motive, On Sunday, May 10, Pastor Emmanuel Ronald Sinclair was stopped, questioned, and beaten.
Later in the week, a hostel for mentally disabled children run by Augustinian nuns was attacked by unknown criminals in the village of Pipaldhar. Among other things, the marauders threw heavy bricks on the roof of the building, which broke through, falling into the inhabited rooms below yet missing those who were sleeping there.
That same night, suspected Hindu radicals also attacked three churches in Indore, Madhya Pradesh’s largest city.
In one of the vandalized churches, the Anglican church of St. Paul, militants destroyed the crucifix and holy vessels as well as the church microphone, according to reports by the pastor, Fr. Ramesh Chandekar.
In the second church, extremists threw stones, destroyed crosses, vandalized the property and attempted to set fire to the church by throwing lit rags inside.
In the third churches, assailants hurled stones at stained glass panels and windows, shattering them
Earlier this month, Indian officials had expressed indignation over the 2015 report of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), which placed India on the “Tier 2” list of countries, where religious freedom violations “engaged in or tolerated by the government” are serious. Members of the Indian government strenuously disagreed, saying the report reflected ignorance of India and its culture.
“The report is nothing but a conspiracy to tarnish the image of the country,” said Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. “The ground reality is that minorities are not just safer but happier now,” he said.