Jaipur | March 03, 2006 1:15:20 AM IST
Christian leaders in Rajasthan have urged the government to provide security to the community in the wake of an increase in cases of violence and vandalism at churches and educational institutions.
Father Cohelo, president of the Jaipur Christian Fellowship (JCF), alleged incidents of violence and vandalism against Christians had increased in the last couple of months.
"Such incidents have not only tainted the peaceful image of the state but also incited tremendous panic, insecurity and terror in the community," Cohelo said.
Others members of JCF alleged that instead of checking such incidents, the state police was unnecessarily targeting the community. They claimed regular incidents of violence against Christians suggested the administration and police department had either failed to check them or were reluctant to do so.
T.S. David, vice president of JCF, said it was only due to insensitivity of the state administration that several radical Hindu groups had stepped up "anti-Christian activities".
The Christain leaders have demanded that the Hindu groups be lawfully restricted from targeting Christians.
They said proper security arrangements should be made at all churches, schools and other Christian organisations in the state.as/rhl