Christians of Madhya Pradesh Appeal for Federal Protection

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Christians in Madhya Pradesh have appealed to the federal government to provide them protection following a spate of attacks on the Christian community by suspected Hindu hardliners.

A three-member delegation met federal Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday requesting his help in ending what they called “continuous anti-Christian attacks” in the state ruled by the pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
More than 20 attacks and incidents of police filing fake conversion cases against Christians have been recorded in the state this year, according to Christian leaders.

The Christian leaders, including Anita Benjamin, spokesperson of the Rashtriya Isai Mahasangh (national Christian forum) met Singh after a church and a home for disabled children run by Augustinian nuns were attacked last week. The state has witnessed attacks on Christians ever since the BJP came to power in the state more than a decade ago,Benjamin said.

Benjamin said Singh listened to what they had to say and immediately telephoned Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and told him to take action against those involved in the attack, she added.

Eyewitnesses said police stood at the gate while fanatics stormed into the church and beat up Christians, accusing them of conversion activities.