Christians hold protest rally in New Delhi
| Wednesday, 10.01.2008, 05:40 AM |   (626 views)

NEW DELHI: Hundreds of Christians held a rally Sunday in the Indian capital to protest recent attacks by Hindu hard-liners that have left dozens of Christians dead and thousands homeless in several Indian states. About 400 Christians gathered in a New Delhi park to pray and listen to speeches in which community leaders urged the government to do more to protect the country’s religious minorities.

Even as aggression against Christians ensues, with two unidentified dead bodies uncovered on Monday, Christians of Delhi have not lost hope.

They continued to protest the violence inflicted onto their community in Orissa over the last month, in the ongoing weeklong sit-in dharna at Jantar Mantar, which started last Friday.

Protestors continued to arrive at the dharna in the same numbers on the third day, amidst banners demanding peace, and staging of street plays and discussions.

“I have been coming here everyday, to express my disgust at the way my fellow community members are being treated,” said Nancy, a retired schoolteacher who goes only by her first name.

“Christians of churches of all denominations in Delhi and from places like Haryana and Noida have been coming,” said Stacy Anthony of Delhi Catholic Church.

“Although we have had leaders of all major churches supporting us, including the heads of Church of North India, Methodist Church, Jacobite Church, Evangelical and Pentecost churches, as well as principals of all Christian schools and colleges, what is heartening is that several ordinary Hindu citizens have come to spend their invaluable time to listen to us,” said John Dayal, secretary-general of All India Christian Council.

The protest will culminate on October 2, Gandhi Jayanti. 



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