“Nobody is Interested in Stopping Attacks on Christians in India”
‘Shameful attacks on Christians in India sends the world wrong message’
“It seems that nobody is interested in stopping attacks on Christians in India. Prime Minister Modi has a strong mandate and he can stop it just by sending a stern message to anti-Christians.”
3/19/2015 India (ZeeNews)-New Delhi: What stops a Prime Minister like Narendra Modi, who has a strong mandate, to put a full stop on attacks on Christians in India, ask community leaders in the country, adding that it sends a wrong message to the world about India.
“It seems that nobody is interested in stopping attacks on Christians in India. Prime Minister Modi has a strong mandate and he can stop it just by sending a stern message to anti-Christians,” Father Savari Muthu, spokesperson of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI), told IANS.
There has been a sense of unrest and anxiety among Christians after attacks on churches, schools and other community institutions across the country. The prime minister himself strongly condemned the attacks said his government would ensure the right of every citizen to “retain or adopt” any religion.
Muthu said fundamental groups are accusing Christians of “all sorts of things” and must be controlled as Christians are also Indians.
“I was shocked to read in newspapers that some Hindu fundamentalists, reacting to the nun’s rape (in Nadia, West Bengal), have accused the community of sexually exploiting nuns,” he said, adding that it was disgusting to make such “insensitive comments”.
The comments of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat against Mother Teresa have also added to the growing unease among the community.
John Dayal, spokesperson, United Christian Forum for Human Rights, said: “The RSS has made it clear that they do not recognize Christians and Muslims as Indians.”
Asked if he feels the government has made any effort to control the situation, Dayal told IANS:, “Modi has not only made no effort to control or deactivate the Sangh Parivar, which is the main force behind the campaign against Muslims and Christians, by not naming and shaming them, he is encouraging them.”