Indian nun shot as threats to Indian Christians grow.
- Indian nun shot as threats to Indian Christians grow.
A nun from Madya Pradesh has been shot in the face at point blank
range by four men believed to be militant Hindus.
Sr Leena Vellampuniyel, 30, who worked at Nirmala Hospital in the
village of Chandera, is now in hospital in a critical condition after
last Tuesday's shooting.
The incident happened just a day after a priest was attacked in Thane
Fr Mendonca was attacked by more than 40 activists believed to be
from the Sangh Parivar militant group and suffered serious injuries.
The Sangh Parivar is the main militant Hindu group in India and
activists from this group are suspected of being involved in the
murders of Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two young
sons in Orissa in January 1999.
The militant activists are believed to be behind an increasing number
of incidents against Christians in India, including threats to
orphanages, church groups and travelling evangelists.
The All India Christian Council (AICC) has urged Indian Prime
Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee to recognise these attacks as being not
just isolated incidents, but part of a deliberate targeting of
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