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Bellary United Christian Forum To Hold Peaceful Protest Today

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BELLARY, MARCH 7: The United Christian Forum of all Christians of Bellary will hold a peaceful protest rally today demanding rejection of Justice Somsekhar Commission Report on attacks against Christians and submit a memorandum to the Chief Minister of Karnataka through the Deputy Commissioner.

All Christian Churches and denominations are expected to participate in the peaceful protest.

“The rally with start at the CSI Wardla College for a prayer meeting which will be followed by a peaceful candle-light procession to the Bellary Deputy Commissioner’s Office”, said the President of the Forum Bishop Henry D’Souza.

 

The memorandum will have the following demands from the Government of Karnataka:

 

1.      We take strong exception to the Justice BK Somasekhara Commission Report on the anti-Christian attacks in Karnataka submitted to the Government of Karnataka recently. It was a flawed investigation, failing miserably to identify the attackers. We urge the Government of Karnataka to totally reject the Report.

 

2.      We strongly condemn the attacks on our churches, institutions and personnel made systematically and simultaneously since September 2008 in different parts of Karnataka, such as Mangaluru, Udupi, Chikmagalur, Bangaluru, Davangere, Ballary, Kolara, and several other places. Often Christians have been subjected to untold hardships, vandalism and destruction of our churches and other places of worship and innocent Christians harassed through cases filed against them.  We urge that all such cases be withdrawn forthwith and adequate compensation be paid for all damages and to all victims.

 

3.      We urge the Government of Karnataka to form a Police Cell attached to the DGP’s Office to immediately attend to all cases of attacks on all minorities and punish the perpetrators of such attacks expeditiously and impartially.

 

4.      We request the Government of Karnataka, in order to make a thorough, comprehensive and impartial investigation on the innumerable attacks made on churches and Christians in Karnataka since 2008, preferably by a Central agency such as the CBI.

 

5.      We remind to the Government of Karnataka it’s sacred and constitutional duty, to provide security to all the residents of Karnataka, especially the minorities to live in live and serve the country in freedom, dignity and peace.

 

“We assure you, that we Christians, as peaceful and law-abiding citizens, will continue to be in the forefront providing humanitarian service to all sections of the society, especially of the downtrodden, oppressed and neglected sections, in the field of education, healthcare and social service, not only in Karnataka but all over India”, states the proposed memorandum.

 
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