A church leader in India criticized B.S. Yeddyurappa, the chief minister of India's southern Karnataka state, for saying people should "chop off the hands" of perpetrators of several attacks on churches.
In 2009, Karnataka reported 100 attacks on Christian targets.
"We do not want hands to be chopped off; we want the government to arrest the culprits and bring them to justice," Taranath S. Sagar, a Methodist bishop and president of the National Council of Churches in India, told Ecumenical News International.
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