ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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For They Know What They Do

Hate propaganda and attacks against Christians in Bastar are deeply disconcerting.

The assaults and propaganda against the Christian community that escalated over the last few months in a number of places in the country, especially in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, have assumed disturbing proportions of late. The local president of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) told the media proudly in July this year that using the provisions of Section 129(G) of the Chhattisgarh Panchayat Raj Act – which empowers gram sabhas to protect culture and heritage – 50 villages had banned the entry of non-Hindu, especially, Christian preachers and prohibited them from holding prayers and making speeches. The district as well as the state administration displayed half-hearted responses, at best, to such a decision. In September, a number of Christian organisations in Chhattisgarh filed a petition in the Bilaspur High Court seeking that the ban be scrapped for being unconstitutional.

There have been a number of attacks on Christians and their places of worship since May this year. The People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) and the Jagdalpur Legal Aid Group have written to the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) asking for “urgent intervention”. Their letters have attached local newspaper reports on the series of attacks, inflammatory anti-Christian slogans and warnings to the police by the VHP office- bearers to desist from taking action.

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