India: Rally held to protest violence against Christians

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About 3,000 Christians, Dalits, and human rights activists courted arrest in New Delhi yesterday while protesting against violence on Christians and the government’s silence in this regard.

The rally called “Stop violence against Christians” held at Jantar Mantar from 10:00 am on May 29, 2007 was held after two recently televised attacks on Christians (Pastor Walter Masseh in Jaipur, Rajasthan on April 19 and evangelists Ramesh Gopargode and Ajit Belavi on May 7 in Kolhapur, Maharashtra) and because of growing persecution on Christians in the year 2007. More than 4000 people, including many key Christian leaders and human rights activists, attended the rally.

The All India Christian Council (AICC) was the main organizer of this event. Mr. Madhu Chandra of AICC told the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI) that we need to continue to unite together in this manner. He also stated that this is the first time since November 1997 that such large numbers of Christians have been arrested in the Parliament Street Police Station, New Delhi.

Continue to pray that the government will be sensitive and will take action to protect Christians as they suffer ongoing violence.

EFI condemns the ongoing violence against Christians and encourages all Christians to stand with each other and pray for this matter.

We encourage you to state your concerns by faxing the Honourable Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh.

Fax(s) Number: 011-23015603, 011-23014255

Rev. Richard Howell
General Secretary

Evangelical Fellowship of India
805/92, Deepali building, Nehru Place,
New Delhi - 110019, India.

Phone: 91-11-26431133
Telefax: 91-11-26285350