by Nirmala Carvalho
A militant from an armed group, the United Jihad Council, accuses priests of converting the poor in exchange for money. The president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) slams the rise of religious intolerance against Christians. Two South Koreans were beaten and arrested for handing out Bibles in the street.
Srinagar (AsiaNews) – “All Christian missionaries must immediately leave the Kashmir Valley. If they do not, they will suffer the consequences,” warned Sadagat Hussain Syed, spokesman for the United Jihad Council, an umbrella organisation for Jammu and Kashmir jihadist groups. The words of the Islamic fundamentalist, “show the gravity of the situation in which Christians live in the only Indian state with a Muslim majority,” said Sajan George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), as he spoke to AsiaNews.
Recently, Sadagat issued a press release in which he accused Christian missionaries who live in Kashmir of “exploiting the poor and needy, offering them economic aid to convert them to Christianity.”
According to the Islamic extremist, this attitude is “highly regrettable” because “Islam is a religion of peace and harmony, which protects minorities. However,” he warned, “anti-Islamic activities cannot be tolerated.”