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NHRC asks for report on atrocities on Christians

ICC Note: National Human Rights Commission takes notice of Christian persecution in Jharkhand, requests local government to submit a detailed report on the issue within four weeks.

2/15/07 India (ICNS) — Taking cognizance of the alleged atrocities against Christians in the constituency of Jharkhand chief minister, the National Human Rights Commission has asked the district authorities to submit a detailed report on the issue within four weeks.

The NHRC had taken cognizance of a complaint filed by the Christian Community Welfare Council of India on January 23 about the physical assault of Krishna Koda and his mother at Kasira Village , Jagannathpur, home constituency of Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda.

In the council’s complaint to the NHRC it was alleged that non-Christian tribals are torturing Krishna and his family, and were denying them access to the public well and village pond. The Council had pointed out that the neighbours of Krishna were accusing of “indulging in converting tribals into Christians.”

When Krishna was returning home from his farmland on November 23 last year, he was attacked by some villagers, for lodging a complaint with Chaibasa sub-divisional officer. His mother who rushed to help Krishna was also attacked. He had then brought the matter to the attention of the local police and deputy commissioner.