?Victimisation of Christians has increased?
MADHYA PRADESH-Chhattisgarh Christian Forum has alleged that after the Narendra Prasad Committee report on Jhabua violence this year the number of cases of victimisation of Christians has gone up in the State.Updated: Jan 05, 2006 11:59 IST
MADHYA PRADESH-Chhattisgarh Christian Forum has alleged that after the Narendra Prasad Committee report on Jhabua violence this year the number of cases of victimisation of Christians has gone up in the State.
Talking to journalists at a press conference today, Forum president Indira Iyengar said the Narendra Prasad Committee report was not made public but its selected portions were released which gave the impression that conversion was the root cause of all problems in Jhabua. Since then the victimisation of Christians had gone up.
Iyengar said about a dozen such cases of victimisation had taken place in Ratlam, Indore etc where Christians were victimised by the administration on flimsy grounds. She demanded compensation to those Christians who suffered in the riots in Jhabua.
She asked when victims in 1984 riots in Delhi could be given compensation why Christians who suffered in Jhabua riots could not be given compensation. She sought to know if Christians were not citizens of the state and the country.
She cited an instance when an accused committed suicide by jumping into a pond out of fear of police’ action during the then Sunderlal Patwa Government and administration provided compensation to the family of the deceased.
She alleged communal organistions with support of anti-social elements attacked Christians, their organisations and religious places early in 2004. They indulged in arson and went on a rampage and as many as 14 innocent Christians were implicated under false charges and put behind bars.
She said she filed an application to Chief Justice Supreme Court of India seeking justice for the 14 accused. She had also written to the Union Home Minister in this regard.
She expressed the hope that with the change of guard in the State Government the Government would help book the guilty as families of the accused were facing untold sufferings.
First Published: Jan 05, 2006 11:59 IST