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Ballari Christians Hold Rally Protesting Attacks on Christians and Women

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altBALLARI, 27 MARCH 2015: Hundreds of Christians from  all Christian denominations, institutions and women groups held a protest rally condemning attacks on Christians and women in India.

Peaceful protest rally commenced from Moti Circle in the city, went through the main streets of Ballari and marched to Deputy Commissioner’s Office to submit a memorandum.

Addressing to the crowd that gathered for the rally, Bishop Henry D’Souza, Bishop of Ballari stated, “Recent attacks on churches and church personnel have caused an atmosphere of fear among Christians and women. We demand that the government of India must ensure that that the attackers are a brought to justice and all sections of the society, especially the minorities, dalits and women are allowed to live in peace and harmony”.

Shri Sameer Sukula IAS, Deputy Commissioner of Ballari, receiving the memorandum assured that the District Administration has taken all measures to ensure that all sections of the society will live without fear. He requested to contact immediately the District Administration regarding any attacks and untoward incidents.

He also assured to forward the memoranda to the respective authorities.

Vicar General Fr. Paul Raj read the memoranda and thanked the District Administration for the peaceful atmosphere prevalent in the society.

 The Bishop thanked all those participated in the peaceful protest rally and the priests and pastors for organizing it.   

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