25 FIRs filed in over 200 incidents of violence against Christians, says report | Of the 218 incidents of violence reported, 159 incidents were in the form of intimidation and threats by a vigilante mob, according to the report.

25 FIRs filed in over 200 incidents of violence against Christians, says report

25 FIRs filed in over 200 incidents of violence against Christians, says report

25 FIRs filed in over 200 incidents of violence against Christians, says report

25 FIRs filed in over 200 incidents of violence against Christians, says report

25 FIRs filed in over 200 incidents of violence against Christians, says report

25 FIRs filed in over 200 incidents of violence against Christians, says report
25 FIRs filed in over 200 incidents of violence against Christians, says report
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NEW DELHI: Over 200 incidents of violence against Christians have been reported this year so far, according to data compiled by advocacy group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), India. The total number of FIRs registered was 25, it stated.

The cases were reported on a helpline number.

Of the 218 incidents of violence reported, 159 incidents were in the form of intimidation and threats by a vigilante mob, according to the report.

On average, 27 incidents have been recorded over the last eight months.

This is a rise from last year’s 20 such incidents on an average every month. Over 120 women and 180 children were reportedly injured during these incidents.

The highest number of cases was reported from Uttar Pradesh at 51, followed by 41 in Tamil Nadu, 24 in Chhattisgarh, 17 in  Jharkhand, 16 in Karnataka, 14 in Telangana, 12 in Andhra Pradesh, nine in Maharashtra, six in Haryana and five in Bihar.

According to the World Watch List 2019, India ranks 10th among the 50 countries where it is dangerous for Christians to live.

In 2014, India ranked 28th on that list.The attacks on Christians have been on the rise since 2014. That year, 147 cases were reported, and the numbers increased to 177 the following year.

In 2016, it went up to 208 and 240 in 2017. Over 290 cases were brought to ADF’s notice during 2018.

According to ADF India, the low number of FIRs registered indicates there is fear of reprisal.

The report states that in the cases of violence reported, a mob -- accompanied by the police -- arrive at the prayer service, shouts slogans and beats up members of the congregation, including women and children. The report also mentions pastors are arrested or detained for ‘false allegation of conversion’.

“What’s more important to notice is that till today none of these false allegations has ever been sustained in a court of law,” said the report.

Nation’s first Police University to open in Noida: Ministry of Home Affairs

Nation’s first Police University to open in Noida: Ministry of Home Affairs

NEW DELHI: A first-of-its-kind National Police University dedicated for advancement of policing and forensic sciences will come up at an IT park in Greater Noida and will be spread across an area of 100 acres.

Sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said on Thursday that the world-class institute will have a dynamic, state-of-the-art learning and working environment for the advancement and dissemination of education and research in policing science and related areas.

The Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) has offered land Tech zone in Greater Noida on a 90-year lease at a concessional rate at the cost of Rs 371 crore, officials said.

It will offer to the students formal education programmes leading to the award of the bachelor’s, masters’ and doctoral degrees as well as PG Diploma in specialized niche areas in police sciences, cyber forensics, criminology, criminal justice, forensic science, risk management and allied subjects with special papers in specified areas using classroom teachings initially and later also through distance learning mode.

16-year-old challenges HC order nullifying marriage, SC summons UP Home Secretary

16-year-old challenges HC order nullifying marriage, SC summons UP Home Secretary

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday summoned Uttar Pradesh home secretary to seek clarification on the state’s stand on a petition filed by a 16-year-old Muslim girl against an Allahabad High Court order nullifying her marriage.

The petitioner has challenged the HC decision to term the marriage as invalid and send her to a shelter home because she was not of legal marriageable age contending that the age of puberty under the Islamic law is 15 years.

The legal age of marriage in India is 18 years for girls and 21 years for boys — both under the Special Marriage Act, 1954, and the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006.

When the matter came up for hearing before a bench of Justices N V Ramana and Ajay Rastogi, the UP government’s counsel sought time to file the response.

“We are forced to compel the appearance of Secretary (Home, of UP) to appear personally before us on Monday (September 23),” the bench said as despite granting time to the state counsel for filing reply on the plea, the lawyer has not received proper instruction from the department concerned.

In the Shafin Jahan case, the apex court had ruled that a Muslim marriage was valid if the following conditions were met — both individuals practised Islam, were of the age of puberty, if there was an offer and acceptance in the presence of two witnesses, giving of ‘mehr’ and absence of a prohibited degree of relationship.

Congress appoints five election in-charges for Maharashtra Assembly polls

Congress appoints five election in-charges for Maharashtra Assembly polls

NEW DELHI: The Congress on Thursday appointed five election in-charges, including general secretary Mukul Wasnik, for the upcoming Maharashtra Assembly polls.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi appointed Wasnik, Avinash Pandey, Rajni Patil, R C Khuntia and Rajeev Satav as election in-charges, a statement issued by party general secretary organisation K C Venugopal said.

Wasnik was named election in-charge for Vidarbha, Pande for Mumbai Region and Election Control Room, Patil for Western and Konkan regions, Khuntia for Northern Maharashtra and Satav for Mrathwada region, the statement said.

Earlier this week, Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar had announced that the NCP and the Congress will contest 125 seats each Maharashtra Legislative Assembly election.

As per the arrangement, 38 seats will be left for allies to contest, he had said.

The Maharashtra Assembly has 288 seats.

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