Attacks on the Christian community have registered a sharp increase in Madhya Pradesh, an Indian state ruled by a right wing party. Extremist Hindu organisations have stepped up their attacks in the name of preventing religious conversion in a state where Christians comprise 0.3 per cent of the population. This spiral of sectarian violence has caused serious concern among Christian communities and in general among all those concerned with the protection of minorities rights in India. Their concern is deepened by the fact that relevant state bodies, such as the State Minority Commission, are turning a deaf ear to the pleas of the Christian communities. More information is available with SJS.