Christian forum raises concerns ahead of elections

March 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Delhi, newsletter-india

discriminationNew Delhi, March 28, 2014: With general elections round the corner, the National United Christian Forum (NUCF) has called upon the Christians to elect leaders supporting the concerns of the community, including Scheduled Caste status and equal rights for dalit Christians at par with those from the Hindu community.

The forum has requested all member churches to call up on political leaders at their respective constituencies to organize gatherings and make meaningful efforts towards this end.

The NUCF is a forum of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI), National Council of Churches in India (NCCI) and Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI).

In a statement, the forum said that anti-conversion laws, enforced in some states, are used to intimidate and harass religious minorities, particularly Christians and there should be religious freedom in the country.

It noted that religious minorities run educational institutions even in the remotest villages as their primary purpose is to educate the poor and the marginalised.

“Minority rights should be upheld in its spirit and the government should continue its support to minority private schools and colleges,” it said.

The forum said that in the process of development and industrialisation, the tribal communities undergo displacement, losing their culture, identity and their livelihood.

It said that policies should be evolved to stop the mass displacement of tribes and protection be given for their livelihoods.

The forum underlined the need to strengthen anti-corruption laws and passage of Prevention of Targeted Communal Violence Bill in the Parliament. It also asked for reservation of 33 per cent seats in Parliament for women.

– ucan

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