Manipur Govt. must pay full compensation, demands AICC
All Indian Christian Council demanded that officials of the Indian state of Manipur pay compensation for Christian community following attacks on a Church.
By John Malhotra
09/20/2010 India (Christian Today)-The Manipur Government, as directed by the National Commission for Minorities (NCM), must fully compensate the damages of a Chingmeirong church, demanded the All India Christian Council (AICC) on Saturday.
Accusing the state government of refusing to pay the compensation amount, the Council leaders at a press conference in Imphal demanded that the entire amount of Rs. 2.50 Lakh be paid to the Christian community.
The National Commission for Minorities had recently served a 15 day notice to the Manipur Government to explain the state’s failure to take up the case of a church building attacked and destroyed on December 14, 2008 after the village council had banned Christian prayer and worship within a ward in Chingmeirong Kabui village.
They also demanded the Manipur Government to guarantee freedom of faith to Christians living in rural areas. “Several obnoxious billboards have been allowed to be put up which target Christians. These billboards are violative of the Indian Penal Code and spread communal hatred against the minority Christian groups,” they said in a statement.
“Goaded by the village leadership, people raided the compound of a Christian and demolished the Church and damaged his house in December 2008,” they informed. “They also imposed heavy penalty on the person and ordered him to leave the village. The family remains under threat and their house is stoned periodically.”