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No respite for India's persecuted Christians

Protest rally hears that violent attacks have steadily increased in each of the last five years

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No respite for India's persecuted Christians

Christians from all over India and from all denominations protest in New Delhi on Oct. 30 against rising violence against their communities. (Photo by Bijay Kumar Minj/ucanews)

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Christian leaders, activists and faithful from different denominations gathered in the Indian capital, described atrocities on Christians as “alarming” and called on the government to ensure an end to the targeting of religious minorities by self-styled cultural-nationalists.

The group also submitted a memorandum to federal Home Minister Amit Shah demanding the withdrawal of the Freedom of Religious Bill, which is being pitched by the government as an anti-conversion law and is likely to be tabled in the upcoming session of parliament.

“Attacks on Christians, religious leaders and pastors have increased in the last four to five years in the name of religious conversion — that is a matter of concern for all of us and needs to be addressed urgently,” A.C. Michael, national convener of the United Christian Forum, announced to protesters on Oct. 30.

Michael, a Christian lay leader, said that “there are allegations that Christians lure poor Dalits and tribals with education, food and monetary help and later convert them, which is not true and there is no evidence of it to date in any court or police station in the country.”

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