National Catholic Register


Indian Archbishop Protests Murders

BY Jim Cosgrove

January 31 - February 6, 1999 Issue | Posted 1/31/99 at 2:00 PM


NEW DELHI, India—Archbishop Alan de Lastic of Delhi wrote Indian government officials demanding an urgent inquiry into the killings of an Australian Protestant missionary and his two sons.

The missionary, Graham Stewart Stains, 58, who ran a leprosy hospital in Orissa state's Mayurbhanj district since 1965, and his two sons were burned alive inside a jeep in an eastern Indian village Jan. 23.

Police arrested 50 people Jan. 24 belonging to the Party of the Monkey God, a right-wing Hindu organization, in connection with the crime. Those arrested included three college students.

According to Archbishop de Lastic, India witnessed more than 110 incidents of violence against Christians during 1998.