Citizens launch the United Christian Forum for Human Rights.
| Monday, 01.19.2015, 05:32 PM |   (5573 views)

By: Biju John

National Helpline (1-800-208-4545) assures legal aid for victims of targeted violence.

New Delhi: The United Christian Forum for Human Rights (UCF) was officially launched at the New Delhi YWCA earlier today after a series of communal violence and targeted attacks against the community. All major denominational and non-denominational Christian groups came together to voice its concern against arson and attacks to the minority community particularly Christians in India. The Forum has been created to coordinate legal as well as support assistance to the community traumatized by communal violence in several states.

Speaking at the occasion, Dr. John Dayal, spokesperson for the forum, said ‘the UCF has commissioned a 24 hour national Helpline (number 1-800-208-4545) so that lawyers and experts can assist victims of violence, intimidation, coercion and illegal confinements by any criminal or political group.

The year 2014 has seen an unprecedented rise in hate campaigns against religious minorities, and the Christian Community in particular. It peaked recently with political elements, professing religious nationalism, carrying out forcible and coercive conversions of Christians and Muslims. Some even threatened to ride India of these faiths. There are physical violence and social boycott reported in many states. The state of Chhattisgarh has also seen the denial of food rations to Christians. Churches have also been attacked in the national capital, New Delhi. The St. Sebastian’s Catholic Church in Dilshad Gardens in East Delhi was torched, arson took place at two other churches and recently the Grotto with the statue of the Virgin Mary was vandalized. In the midst of all these incidents the elected governments has clearly closed its eyes and remained as muted spectators. This has clearly fueled further the anti-social elements in the name of cultural ideology and Indianness !!.

Calling on all Church leaders and members of the media, Dr. Michael Williams, president of the UCF, asked that the toll-free number (1-800-208-4545) be publicized so that timely assistance and proper monitoring will be done of such acts. The members of the UCF were given blessings by the religious leadership of Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical and Pentecostal Churches.

Biju John

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