An ecumenical Christian group in India called for the establishment of a national and state redressal commissions that will address the country’s human rights problems, including the rising incidents of anti-minority violence.
On June 16, a delegation of the United Christian Forum submitted to Minister John Barla a memorandum to express “deep pain” at the reported targeted violence and hostility against Christians in various parts of India.
“The narrative of religious intolerance and hatred has swept the country unfortunately,” read the group’s letter.
The Forum has already recorded a total of 505 incidents of violence against Christians from 21 states in 2021 and 107 incidents in the first five months of this year.
The memorandum reported a total of 1,112 incidents of violence against Christians from 2019 to 2021. Most cases were reported from Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh, it explains.
“With impunity, such mobs criminally threaten, physically assault such individuals, before handing them over to the police on of forcible conversions,” read the Forum’s memorandum.
It noted that communal sloganeering “is witnessed outside police stations, where the police stand as mute spectators.”
The Forum said it wants the redressal commissions to be led by retired Supreme Court judges and members should consist of senior members of the Christian community and civil society.
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