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Thousands of Christians protest in national capital against ‘rising hate and violence’

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Thousands of Christians held a protest at Jantar Mantar Sunday against the escalation of hate and violence by Hindutva groups against Christians in several states in the country.

The protesters demonstrated against the Hindutva harassment recently faced by Christians in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and other places in the country.

About 100 churches and organisations and more than 15,000 people participated in the gathering.

“Today we’ve gathered here peacefully at Jantar Mantar because we want to share the anguish of our fellow citizens who also follow the Christian faith in the states of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and so many other places where their basic fundamental rights are being snatched,” Indian Express quotes Dr Michael William, president of the United Christian Forum as saying.

The members of the community also said that they will send a memorandum to President Droupadi Murmu, urging her to form a National Redressal Commission headed by a retired Supreme Court judge to address the issues of “targeted violence” against Christians.

“Continued waves of vile hate speech and targeted violence have buffeted the Christian community in recent years, and in particular in 2022-23,” the memorandum said.

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