Christians gathered in Jantar Mantar to protest against attacks on churches
– Photo: Amar Ujala
Members of the Christian community protested at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on Sunday against attacks on churches, violence and arrests in various parts of the country. Steven from Uttar Pradesh said that we are accused of forcibly converting people to Christianity. Churches are being attacked, our people are being beaten up and arrested. The people of the community live in an atmosphere of terror.
Steven claimed that there will be 525 cases of atrocities against community people in 2021 and 600 cases in 2022. The number of such cases in Uttar Pradesh has risen from 70 in 2020 to 183 in 2022. Shivpal of Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh claimed that state police arrested people on charges of forced conversions. We are not even allowed to pray at home. Some women were arrested for praying during the birthday celebrations.
Steven claimed that an 11-year-old and a man who died in 2010 have been named in the FIR filed against community members. On the other hand, Punjabi Bagh Eye Poonam from Delhi said that churches are being attacked in Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and many other states and members of our community are being harassed. Cases are being registered against them based on false allegations. We have come here to express our solidarity with our brothers and sisters.