Indore Human Rights Conference expresses solidarity with victims and prays for persecutors

November 13, 2012 by  
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Indore Human Rights Conference expresses solidarity with victims and prays for persecutors Madhya Pradesh, November 8, 2012: Kudos to the Isai Mahasangh, Youth With A Mission and a number of Christian NGOs, who organised a well-attended one day conference on human rights and persecution of Christians, especially in the region around Indore. More recently Madhya Pradesh is fast emerging as the next Hindutva laboratory after Gujarat and Karnataka, which was evident from the reports The CSF gathered. The support extended by Dr. HT Sangliana, Vice-Chairman, National Minorities Commission, to the Christians of Madhya Pradesh was much appreciated. Dr. Sangliana was honoured and assured the large gathering of his being available, as far as possible, for service to the community.
Indore Human Rights Conference expresses solidarity with victims and prays for persecutors

Joseph Dias, The CSF general secretary was also present on a fact-finding mission to the Mhow school / orphanage / lepers home which was targeted by the Hindutva forces and assured himself of the lies spread by the saffron communalists. He was also honoured with the Christian Harmony Award by the NGOs for his work in networking together various denominations and non-denominational Christian churches.

Please find below just three brief examples of persecution in MP, which the victims brought to our notice:

1. A believer, Mrs. Lucky Shivram, her husband, Mr. Poka Hama and their relatives were targeted and arrested in Saraidant Toka village of Khandwa district under Piploth police station for conducting a prayer meeting. Allegedly one Tansingh and local BJP leaders with a mob of around 70 fanatics disrupted the meeting and hurled abuses before calling the police. They made false complaints of the Christians breaking statues and stopping their arti ritual, which is ridiculous, particularly since the believers were just a handful. The police manhandled the ladies and there were no women police to deal with them. FIRs were filed against the Christians, while the perpetrators of the crime were free.

2. According to pastor Mohan Khumsingh, around 70 women believers were conducting a prayer and fasting meeting in Shendwa village of Badwani district, when they were attacked reportedly by around 20 RSS activists on bikes, who disturbed the worship. They then went and complained to the police and brought the police van to pick up the Christian ladies. Again there were not only no women police, but the male police and communalists manhandled the believers and even use the Christian’s vehicles to carry them to the police station and illegally confine them there.

3. Believers – Edubhai and Munabhai were leading a praise and worship meeting in the house of Dhulkibai, whose 8 year old daughter, was healed after being prayed over. A mob of Hindutva fanatics attacked the meeting, with the same modus operandi and later called the police. The police desecrated the Bible and religious books, besides taking away the camera and photographs from the believers. This incident happened in Sulvania village of Budwani district.

The CSF was happy to find some youth, who volunteered to be trained to stand in the gap and tell the world of the persecution, much of which has gone unreported so far. The persecuted pastors, like David and others, who requested to be kept anonymous said they would also network with The CSF to bring relief to the affected by highlighting their cause.

– ramchand

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