TURA, Jan 05: The churches in Garo hills will show solidarity with the suffering minorities in North India and 7th January will be observed as a day of protest through Prayer for community.
“The rising tide of intolerance and violence against minority communities especially in North India is cause of serious concern to the Christian communities in Meghalaya”, a press release issued from the Diocese of Tura said on Friday.
The release comes in wake of attempt of fringe elements and by the members of ABVP to forcibly conduct particular form of worship in St.Mary’s P.G.College in Vidisha, Sagar Diocese, Madhya Pradesh on Jan 4.
“Although the attempt was foiled due to the intervention of the Home Minister Rajnat Singh for which the Christian community is deeply grateful, and yet the fact remains that the tiny minority Christian community there lives in fear and anxiety is indeed a cause of worry”, the release added.
The release noted that the same College has already been attacked once by these anti social elements on December 30, 2017 who entered the college by scaling walls.
It said that the attack took place in the presence of over 20 policemen who watched without acting. “This type of terrorism is unacceptable. This false nationalism must stop. The mobs of these types are being emboldened as was earlier seen in Satna is worrying and disturbing”, the release said.
The release said that a fact finding team of lawyers deputed by Catholic Bishop Conference of India has reported that tiny Christian community is frightened and worried. They observed that “Bajrang Dal activists shouted slogans against Christians and used filty and foul language to abuse them.
They asked brothers and priests to come forward one by one and took photos of everyone and wrote down the phone numbers; and the police silently watched. It looked as if the whole incident was scripted and directed by Bajrang Dal Activists with the Sponsorship of Police. The Police did not do anything to protect the brothers. The manhandling and thrashing by the Bajrang Dal members were so ruthless that many got bruises and injuries. They forced the borthers to say “Jai Sriram Jai Bajrang Bali”.
This incident read with many other incidents including those of cow Vigilantes and communal statements issued by an MLA in UP threatening to break the limbs of cow killers in UP is a threat to the social harmony and development of the Country. It appears that the f fringe elements have the support of the respective state governments.
In this context the Church leaders appeal to all to pray for the suffering brothers and sisters in North India as well as to observe Sunday the 7th of January as Day of Prayer to denounce anti minority attitude especially against Christians by holding special prayers in the entire Garo Hills, the release stated.