Religious Leaders in Madhya Pradesh, India Express Concern Over Rising Violence

ICC Note: Hindu, Muslim, and Christian leaders in India’s Madhya Pradesh state joined together to express their concern over the increasing number of attacks on the state’s religious minority communities. The leaders demanded the state government take strict action against the perpetrators of this increase in religious violence. Attacks on Christians and their places of worship across India are on the rise. In 2017, Madhya Pradesh reported one of the highest number of attacks on Christians.

02/23/2018 India (UCAN) – Hindu, Muslim and other religious leaders of Madhya Pradesh expressed concern over the large number of incidents of violence against the Christian community in India in 2017, especially in the state, and demanded that the Government take strict and urgent action against the groups responsible for such mayhem.

Led by Acharya Sushil Goswami and Indore Shahar Quazi Mohammad Ishrat Ali, leaders of different faiths spoke out against communal and extremist forces targeting the Christian and other minority groups.

The occasion was a seminar organized in Indore by the All India Catholic Union (AICU) as part of its working committee meeting.

Archbishop Chacko Thottumarickal of Indore and Acharya Goswami later ratified a memorandum to be submitted to the State governor, chief minister and home minister.

The memo expressed concern that the state had seen 25 serious incidents of violence last year, Acharya Goswami said.

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