Bhopal, India, Feb 27, 2019 / 14:17 pm America/Denver (CNA).
Violent attacks including public lynchings against Christians in India are reportedly becoming increasingly common, with international NGOs and the country’s Catholic bishops raising their voices in protest against mob violence.
“The common man of the country is feeling insecurity in his own country due to the increasing cases of mob lynching,” Archbishop Leo Cornelio of Bhopal wrote Feb. 27.
“In the past, the Supreme Court has taken cognizance of this problem. It is felt that...all the political parties and religious leaders should [be] united by making their opinions and spreading awareness about the ill practice surfacing in our society, in order to create a decent society and to [attain] a peace-loving society.”
Cornelio said numerous mob lynchings have occured in which the victims are accused of eating beef or otherwise harming cattle, which are considered sacred in the Hindu religion.
An article on the Indian website Scroll has documented incidents in which “cow protection vigilantes” have assaulted men they accused of either killings cows or transporting cattle to be slaughtered. A large number of Indian states have made slaughtering cattle illegal, the article says.