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ICC Note: Attacks on Christians in India by Hindu nationalists extremist groups have left the churches searching for protection of their rights from the government. As the government under Narendra Modi has largely remained silent and has done nothing to stop the attacks “this makes the government an accomplice,” one church leader said.

11/06/2014 India (UCAN India) The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) said that the silence from the part of the Narendra Modi government makes it an accomplice in the increasing attacks against minorities in the nation.

“The government is focusing on the development and city cleansing. What is needed is, first of all, a cleansing of the heart. We want a clean India, but above all from a clean heart, thanks to peace, justice and brotherhood,” said Father Charles Irudayam, Executive Secretary of the Justice, Peace and Development Commission in the CBCI.

Expressing the Indian bishops’ point of view, the priest said, “The new government of nationalist leader Narendra Modi is not openly against minorities, but we are sad and worried about what is happening in India: The government says and does nothing to stop the right wing religious groups who attack minorities. This makes the government an accomplice.”

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