Jaipur (ICNS) –March 9, 2006,
More groups have out in the open to support Christians in Rajasthan.
Rajasthan Sadbhav Manch and Rajasthan Muslim Forum have demanded stringent action against Hindu outfits, which have attacked Christian institutions and places of worship across the state for the past fortnight.
The attacks came under the pretext of opposing a controversial book that the Hindu groups allege has ridiculed the Hindu and Jain deities.
The leaders of the two organisations alleged at a press conference in Jaipur on Wednesday that anti-social elements owing allegiance to Bajrang Dal, Hindu Jagaran Manch and Shiv Sena had tacit support of the state’s Bharatiya Janata Party-led government.
They also accused the government of remaining a "mute spectator” to attacks on the life and property of Christians.
The Hindu organisations have held violent protests in several towns in the state against the book "Haqeeqat” (Reality), written in reply to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh leader M.S. Golwalkar’s "A bunch of thoughts.”
The groups have also indulged in stone-throwing and vandalism at churches and mission schools and disrupted the Sunday Masses.
Christian institutions in Kota, Jhalawar, Beawar and Rajsamand witnessed raids and attacks in the presence of police force.