NEW DELHI – Twelve Christians were injured by a mob of nationalist Hindus in the Bastar district of India's Chhattisgarh state last week.
The Christians were among 40 believers who had gathered together in Madota village for what was supposed to be a mediation meeting to resolve rising tensions with the Hindu community. Local officials had called the meeting after months of conflict concerning legislation in the Bastar district that banned all non-Hindu activities. But when the Christians arrived, they were violently attacked by armed assailants.
Other anti-Christian attacks have taken place in the district since the legislation was introduced.