A help hotline established for persecuted Christians in India to provide assistance.
According to details, with an unprecedented rise in religion based violence against Christians in India, a legal aid agency and a help hotline both has been established. These are established to observe and provide assistance in the event of an attack against Christian in India.
The World Watch Monitor reports that Christians in India have formed the United Christian Forum for Human Rights on January 19. John Dayal- spokesperson of the forum said that its purpose is “to coordinate both legal and advocacy assistance to the community, which has been traumatised in recent months by communal violence in several states.” John further publicized details on the agency’s hotline and its purpose: “The UCF has commissioned a 24-hour National Helpline, 1-800-208-4545, so that lawyers and experts can assist victims of violence, intimidation, coercion and illegal confinement by any criminal or political group.” Nevertheless, it doesn’t matter who is at the head of the government as Christians will always “live under pressure in India,” remarked John Dayal.
Tehmina Arora, a lawyer says that the response had been positive so far. Tehmina works with the Alliance for Defending Freedom in India, told that about 4,000 calls were received. Whereas a large part of these calls were coming from Christians who intended to verify the new help hotline. She added that they had received three reports of persecution towards Christians via this hotline. “We are verifying these complaints and Christian lawyers in the area will be asked to help them,” Tehmina said.
Christians in India have been under fire since May 2014, ever since the Bharatiya Janata Party took over the steering wheel of the government. Frequently, radical Hindu groups have carried out acts of persecution and violence against Christians throughout 2014, including forced re-conversions of poor Christian communities, harassment by false reports of forced conversions to Christianity by missionaries and destruction of churches.