NHRC notices to five states over atrocities on Christians
In India, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notice to Governments of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu over alleged acts of violence and atrocities against Christians. The commission has taken suo moto cognizance of a media report alleging acts of violence and atrocity against Christians at various parts of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu.
In Madhya Pradesh, churches have reportedly been vandalised in addition to incidents of arson, stone pelting, attack on pastors and forcible conversions, etc. were also reported to have happened at Devas, Satna, Katni, Indore, Bhopal, Alipur and Mandla districts.
In Chhattisgarh also, reportedly, churches were vandalized amidst incidents of arson, stone pelting, attack on Pastors (arrest/harassment by police), diktat on Missionary schools, disruption of Carols and Sunday services, ban on Christians to enter villages, forcible conversion, refusal to supply ration under PDS etc in Jagdalpur, Bhilai, Durg, Jaspur, Bastar and Mahasamund districts.
In Thrissur and Mallapuram districts of Kerala, Chitradurg, Devangere, Karwar and Udupi in Karnataka and Karoor and Thirunelveli districts in Tamil Nadu also, similar incidents were reported to have happened.
The commission has observed that the contents of the press report, if true, amount to violation of the fundamental right to freedom of religion for which it has issued notices to the Chief Secretaries of the respective states and sought a report from the Chief Secretaries of the states within few weeks. They have also been directed to send a report on the action taken to prevent reoccurrence of such incidents in future.
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