Thursday, May 12, 2011

Christian groups ask government to protect religious minority

Christian groups in India have asked the Centre to take action against anti-Christian violence in the “saffron-colored corridor” of states in central India.

The Global Council of Indian Christians and the Catholic Secular Forum, in separate reports, have called for action to protect Christians in the states of Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat.

The reports state that Hindu extremists in these states have pursued a campaign of violence against Christian minority.

The groups charge that in the “saffron-colored corridor,” Hindu radicals often have the tacit or even overt support of local police and government officials.

The reports points to more than 1,000 anti-Christian incidents in these states in the past 3 years, and cites “over 100 cases of true martyrdom.”

It challenges India’s national leaders to take action against the anti-Christian violence, saying that it poses “a test for the government about its real capacity to promote justice.”

Source: Catholic Culture