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Saturday 21 July 2018

India tightens Christmas security after Christians attacked

Hundreds of Indians wait in a queue to pray at the Sacred Heart Cathedral on Christmas Day, in New Delhi (AP/Altaf Qadri)
Hundreds of Indians wait in a queue to pray at the Sacred Heart Cathedral on Christmas Day, in New Delhi (AP/Altaf Qadri)

Indians are celebrating Christmas despite fears of an anti-Christian backlash in some parts of the Hindu-majority country.

The Indian government asked states to increase security for Christmas celebrations this year after some isolated attacks on Christians in northern India.

Members of a militant Hindu group were accused of beating up a group of Catholic seminarians and priests earlier this month in Madhya Pradesh state.

Separately, another extremist Hindu organisation warned schools in the city of Aligarh against holding Christmas festivities.

Fringe vigilante groups have targeted Muslims since a Hindu nationalist party came to power in 2014.

Some Christian leaders fear the attacks may now be extending to their community.

AP

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