Mumbai Mob Attacks Christian Missionaries

June 13, 2005

Source: Yahoo! News

Wire Service: Reuters

On June 13, 2005 Reuters reported, "Angry Hindu youths beat three American missionaries and tried to kidnap one as they held a bible studies class in Bombay, police said on Monday.

About 30 or 40 men attacked the three, part of a group of eight, on Saturday night because they thought the missionaries were trying to convert Hindus in the Indian financial capital.

The three were treated for bruises and cuts at a hospital but were not seriously injured, police said.

'While this kind of attack is rare in Bombay, the police must take serious action against those responsible and send a clear message that religious intolerance will not be accepted in India,' Bombay Catholic Sabha president Dolphy D'Souza said.

Christians are often accused of 'forcibly' converting poor and uneducated low-caste Hindus by bribing them with money and gifts, a charge missionaries deny. Some states have outlawed forcible conversions."