The National Council of Churches in India (NCCI) has called on the authorities to act immediately to restore the rule of law, following a number of attacks against Christians in recent weeks. The council urged state governments to clamp down on what it said were Hindu fundamentalist groups “responsible for fanning communal hatred and social tension.” The NCCI, which groups twenty-nine Orthodox and Protestant churches, made its call in a statement that followed the beating up of two Christian evangelists in the Kolhapur district of Maharashtra state, in western India. (Ecumenical News International)