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Hundreds Of Christians Arrested In New Delhi


Hundreds of Indian Christians arrested in the Capital while protesting against inaction of government over recent wave of anti-Christians attacks.

Scores of Christians take to the streets of New Delhi
Scores of Christians take to the streets of New Delhi

According to details, hundreds of Christians were arrested in New Delhi on Thursday February 5, during a peaceful protest against the government’s response to a series of attacks on local churches. This recent wave of attacks on the churches in New Delhi has raised fears of escalating religious intolerance in the Capital. The protesters predominantly included nuns and priests reportedly, attempted to march from a cathedral near the Indian parliament to Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s residence. Nonetheless, protests are banned in this high-security area. The protesters incidentally, protested against the Home Minister because he is responsible for maintaining domestic law and order. However, the police hooked hundreds of protesting Christians.

This protest was incited in the wake of, an incident on Monday February 2, in which unknown persons broke into a Delhi church, desecrating the church property. This was the latest of the series of attacks on churches in New Delhi. Over the period of two months, so far reportedly, five churches have been targeted by the Hindu nationalists, in which the vandals either committed burglaries or other acts of vandalism targeting local churches.

The Delhi Archbishop Anil Couto told media that: “A clear pattern of orchestrated attacks is emerging as more churches are targeted, vandalized and set on fire.” A Human rights activist John Dayal, who was among those arrested on Thursday, said: “We don’t trust the police to conduct an impartial inquiry. We want a panel headed by a high court judge to investigate these attacks. Our demand is for justice and security for the Christian community.”