Hyderabad: The All Indian Christian Council (AICC), expressed concern over the increasing incidents of communal violence against Christian minorities in Andhra Pradesh, today and urged Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy to punish the ”real culprits.” In a representation to the Chief Minister, seeking his intervention to protect the minority community in the state, AICC National President Dr Rev Joseph D Souza and AICC’s Andhra Peadesh unit President Dr Rev G Samuel, in a joint statement here, asked the government to put forth all efforts to prevent further attacks on Christians.
The AICC said despite the government’s resolve to curb and contain the hate campaigns and violence against religious minorities in the state, violent incidents were still taking place without any let up.
They pointed out that Pastor Aaron of Indian Pentocostal Church in Nizamabad town, was assaulted by activists belonging to Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) who also burnt holy scriptures on January 12. On the following day, RSS goons attacked Pastor David and three others in Domakonda of Nizambad district. The same group continues to terrorise and intimidate the hapless believers, they charged.
The AICC also brought to the notice of the Chief Minister, the discrimination of dalit christians in the state. The government restored all scheduled caste benefits to Dalit Buddhists and Dalit Sikhs, however, it alleged that dalit christians had been denied this priviledge for the last 50 years.Barring the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), all the political parties have given their whole-hearted support for ending discrimination against dalit christians.
The AICC urged the Chief Minister to bring justice to the hapless dalits Christians.
The delegation comprising Rev Dr Joseph D Souza, Rev Dr G Samuel, AICC secretary Albert Lall, and others from the community met the Chief Minister yesterday.