Police Whitewash Bangalore Anti-Christian Slogans

The graffiti carrying anti-Christian and anti-Muslim slogans which were found on Bangalore walls, have now disappeared, with the ruling government acting on Archbishop Moras’s complaint. The chief secretary it is learnt asked the Bangalore Police Commissioner to take action and the police white-washed the walls. The police commissioner, Bidari also assured Archbishop that action will be taken if any one attempts to hurt the sentiments of any religion through writings on the wall or any other means. There are now complaints that vested interests are usurping the lands belonging to or traditionally used by Christians in a big way in Karnataka.
Hindutva Miscreants Attack a Journalist & Hoist flags…

A staff Reporter of ‘The Hindu’ English daily newspaper in Mangalore, Mr. Samvartha was stopped by the Hindutva activists outside the office of the Hindu Samajotsava near Bunts hostel circle, who prevented him from entering the office, where Mr. Jagadish Shenva, leader of the VHP was to hold a press briefing. Mr. Samvartha said that he can identify the cadres if shown photographs or in a face-to-face meeting, though he did not know any of their names. According to the police complaint, Mr. Samvartha said “Some cadres of Vishwa Hindu Parishath and Bajrang Dal surrounded me and asked me to vacate the place before they break my limbs. They threatened to break my limbs if I wrote “against Hindutva.” And also said that if he wanted to stay in Mangalore, then he better support them. Earlier, as the Hindutva activists stopped buses, autorickshaws and even private vehicles to fix flags, traffic came to a standstill. People could do little but wait until the Mangalore East police arrived on the scene. The police reined in the activists and cleared the road. Speaking to The Hindu, sub-inspector Shivaprasad M. said the police had no warning about the incident. While the district administration’s contention was that the advertisements and flags violated the model code of conduct stipulated by the Election Commission, the vice-president of the VHP, Jagadeesh Shenava, said “Our banners are non-political, yet they have been removed.”
Bretheren Assemby Get Little Help from Bangalore Police.
Siloam Brothern assembly has been conducting worship in Mariyappan Palaya, Bangalore for the last 10 years. They have about 200 members as believers. The worship was conducted in a rented place. Because of the Metro Rail project, the church was evicted for building demolition. The elders and believers relocated their assembly to a near by property owned by a member of the church at 17th cross, Subramanya Nagara. This place is owned by a believer named Bhasker. At 7 pm on 06th of March, the believers gathered at the new church premises for the inaugural prayer. A group of Hindu Radicals led by Mr Adi & Mr.Ramamurthi of BJP/VHP along with a group of about 30 people forcefully entered the premises and raised objections to the conducting of prayers. They disturbed the prayer and also locked the premises and warned the believers and elders not to conduct prayer service. The next evening the group came back and again threatened the believers with consequences if they conducted Sunday worship. The elders Dr.Prabhudass, Balraj & Ashok lodged a complaint with the subramanya Nagara police station. The police have been far from helpful, telling them to refrain from holding prayer services.
Moral Police Target Muslims Over Burkha – Ragging Galore.

The remote Panja village, Sullia taluka, 100 kilometres from Mangalore, was branded the “Chikungunya capital” of Dakshina Kannada district after the 2008 outbreak of the disease. However, the village is gaining another kind of notoriety now. It is here that the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has successfully enforced a ban in the Government Composite Pre-University College on Muslim girls wearing the burkha. Within a week of the ban being approved by the college authorities, the ABVP held a meeting at a nearby temple where over 200 students of the college participated, claimed Hindu Jagarana Vedike district Secretary Lakshmisha Gobbalathadka, the self-proclaimed architect of the ban. A 17-year-old 1st PU student of the college, attended the meeting as his group of friends were going. He was the only Muslim in the group. “At the meeting they said a lot of hurtful things about my religion,” he said. Once outside, his friend apologised for bringing him along. Today, his friend is a leader of the ABVP in the college. He told The Hindu: “We were friends once but not any more. I was immature then.” None of his former mates speak to him now. Another 17-year-old girl student is in tears because her friend, a Hindu, who used to walk back home with her ever since primary school, has stopped talking to her. When asked about their friendship the Hindu girl said, “I want to talk to her, but if I do it will create trouble for both of us.” Many girl students spoke to The Hindu about the humiliation they face every day. One of them said, “All the other girls have started calling us `Damar Dabbi’ (boxful of tar). They have come up with rhymes that poke fun at our outfits.” According to her, every time she and her friends put on or take off their burkha, a few boys and girls start clapping or chanting “Jai Sri Ram”. Her classmate claimed that some students regularly take her headscarf from her bag and hide it. The bullying extends outside the campus. An elderly woman told The Hindu in confidence that some men forced her to take off her burkha when she was walking back home one evening. “When I agreed, they began to celebrate and raised slogans of `Bharat mata ki jai’,” she said. Panja Gram Panchayat president C.M. Rafique said that Hindus, Muslims and Christians of the village had worked together to bring the chikungunya epidemic under control. “But today, some vested interests have divided the whole village over a trivial issue,” he lamented.

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