The Christian community protested at Jalandhar bypass on Sunday. The community expressed anguish over attack on churches at various places across the country and demanded that churches be provided with security.
Various Christian organisations, including All Christian Federation, Christian United Front, Sewa Shakti Christian Foundation and various pastors, participated in the protest.
Arun Henry, president, All Christian Federation (Punjab), told the media, “Today a protest was held against churches being put on fire, vandalisation of churches and lathicharge on innocent Christians. Christians are peace-loving community and we too are Indians.
However, some anti-social elements are trying to spoil the secular environment in the country and programmes like ghar wapsi to convert and re-convert Christians are being organised. We never force anyone to convert to Christianity.”
The organisation heads also demanded that security be provided to churches in the wake of recent attacks on churches in Delhi and other cities. They alleged that despite peaceful protests, police lathicharged and arrested various nuns, priests and common protesters who were demanding their rights as citizens of India.
They said that programmes like ghar wapsi were racist and discriminatory.
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