India: About 7,000 Christians protest against increasing persecution of their community across the country

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Christians gather in large numbers to protest against the increasing incidents of anti-Christians violence.

According to details, on August 30, about 7,000 Christians from various denominations gathered in the Indian capital New Delhi and protested against the rising violence and hate campaigns against the Christians across India. Among these protestors were nuns and priests, from Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

The protestors urged the Federal Government to direct the state governments to employ the national policy of shielding religious and ethnic minorities from all sorts of violence.

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During this gathering, the Christian leaders said it was early this year that Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured during a national seminar of Christians that his government will not tolerate violence against any religion.

Richard Howell, general secretary of the Evangelical Fellowship of India, said “But ground realities have not changed. Christians are still being targeted in different states.” He further expressed serious concern over the inaction of police and lack of employment of justice to the Christians in different cases of persecution.

A heinous incident of rape of two nuns this year has heightened anxiety in the Christian community. On the other hand, human rights activists piled up a report in June, earlier this year and claimed that the incidents of persecution of minority communities have increased sharply after the pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party rose to power.

According to the report, “there were more than 200 cases of persecution against Christians, more than 170 against Muslims and more than 230 reported incidents of hate speech levelled against the two communities in the last year nationwide.”

Protesters complained that within the past week, at least five incidents have been reported in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

The Christian protestors expressed concerns and said, “Christians praying even in their own homes are no longer safe as they are being targeted by right-wing extremists apparently drunk on political power and support.”