Hindutva outfits in Belagavi attacked a Dalit family in Belagavi accusing them of coverting neighbours to Chirstianity.
Five members of the family, inlcuding three women were injured in the attack. A womn suffered with burn injuries admitted at a government hospital in neary Mudalagi town.
Seven of the alleged attackers were booked under the SC and ST (Prevention of atrocities) Act and some provisions of the Indian Penal Code. The accused are Shivanand Gotur, Ramesh Dandapur, Parasappa Babu, Fakirappa Bagewadi and Krishna Kanitkar from Tukkanatti village, Chetan Gadadi from Kankanawadi, and Mahantesh Hattaraki from Hattaraki.
Amid growing intolerance against India’s Christian minority, who make up about 2 percent of the country’s population, several Christmas events were targeted by Hindu right-wing groups, alleging Christians were forcibly converting Hindus to their religion.