//MPs concerned over attack on Christians in Rajashtan

MPs concerned over attack on Christians in Rajashtan

New Delhi: The Government Friday reiterated its commitment to protect the minorities as Lok Sabha MPs expressed their concern over some recent incidents of attack on churches and Christian institutions in Rajasthan.

"The UPA (United Progressive Alliance) is committed to protect the interests of the minority groups," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi told Lok Sabha after the Left and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MPs alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Rajasthan had not been taking care of the minority communities in the state.

Raising the issue during the zero hour, Kerala MP Lonappan Nambadan of Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) said the attacks on the Christian community had increased in the recent past.

"One of such disturbing attacks took place on the Emmanuel Mission in Kota district of Rajasthan quite recently, which resulted in desecration of the holy church and burning of the Holy Bible," Nambadan said adding that the state government was not taking "enough and suitable" action to stop such attacks.

The Left and RJD members joined Nambadan to accuse the BJP of creating a feeling of insecurity among the minority groups. They asked the government to seek a report from the state.

"I will definitely pass on the members’ demand to the home minister," Dasmunsi said in response to the demands of the MPs.

The members were protesting against an attack on an orphanage and other institutions run by the Emmanual Mission International, which also runs 49 schools in Rajasthan.

But the BJP members alleged that the Christian group had published some inflammatory literature to provoke the Hindu community there.