New Delhi | January 31, 2006 8:15:06 PM IST
The government was Tuesday asked to take decisive steps to instil confidence among the Christian community that has been "hit by violence from radical Hindu groups".
John Dayal, a member of the central government’s National Integration Council, alleged in a letter to Home Minister Shivraj Patil that police in many states were acting at the behest of Hindutva forces.
Dayal said Christian missionaries in the states ruled by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had to face arrests and torture in the recent past.
"The central government must tell the state governments that it takes a serious view of such violence and will not hesitate in initiating the sternest steps to protect the helpless, the poor and the marginalised," Dayal said in the letter.
Urging the government to restore confidence and check the violence, Dayal said: "This requires sensitivity on the part of both the central government and the state governments."
Quoting a survey conducted by Christian groups, Dayal said more than 68.2 percent of Christians felt insecure in the BJP-ruled states.