Christians in Mangalore, on Wednesday, Sep 17 morning met a team of the National Commission for Women (NCW) headed by chairperson Girija Vyas as well as former Prime Minister and Janata Dal-Secular President H D Deve Gowda.
State Home Minister V S Acharya and senior officials who accompanied the NCW team were mobbed by a group of Christian women seeking action against people who attacked churches and prayer halls in Mangalore and other parts of the state on Sunday, Sep 14.
At least 10 churches and prayer halls in Dakshina Kannada and neighbouring districts of Udupi and Chikkamagalur were reportedly damaged by rightwing Hindu groups protesting alleged conversion activities by some Christian groups.
The state government has begun collecting information on the activities of New Life Fellowship, a Protestant group, which, the Hindu groups allege has been distributing literature insulting Hindu gods and indulging in conversion activities.
"We are gathering information on its activities," J Krishna Plaemar, state minister in charge of Dakshina Kannada district, said on Tuesday.
The New Life Fellowship has been functioning in Karnataka for the last 25 years and its leaders have denied that the group is indulging in any conversion activities.