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Stop persecuting Non-hindus in India

Stop persecuting Non-hindus in India

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Opened on July 16, 2017
 

Today Pastor was shot dead in India outside his church whilst pastoring a congregation member. This is the culmination of an increasing animosity towards Christians under the BHP regime of President Narendra Modi.

Christians in India are forced to convert to Hinduism if they want clean water in Shrinagar, 7 churches in Delhi were burned to the ground in Delhi last year, the school education system in India promotes hinduism at the expense of other faiths demonizing and caricaturing non-hindus.

Incidents of persecution of Christians in India has risen over the past year, pushing it up  to No 15 on the 2017 Open Doors  World Watch List, up from 31 four years ago. India experienced a huge escalation of attacks on its Christian minority in 2016.  Attacks on Christians are led by Hindu nationalists acting largely with impunity a growing concern since the election of President Nahendra Moadi in 2014. Just over 2% of the country’s population is Christian, and nearly 80% of Indians are Hindu. Since the election of Modi national and provincial authorities tacitly permit persecution of a deprived Christians in India. Religious nationalists feel empowered under Mohdi who as a teenager joined Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh a known Hindu fascist group whose main aim is to turn India into a Hindu superpower and whose most revered alumni is Nathuram Godse  the fanatic who assassinated Ghandi.  Mr Modi's political party Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) once called a three-day strike after alleging Pakistan' secret services were responsible for the death of 58 Hindu pilgrims in a burning train carriage - a claim that was unsubstantiated. The bloodiest anti-Muslim pogrom in modern history ensued in which Hindu men dragged wives and daughters on to the streets to be raped. It is estimated that between 1,000 and 2,000 people were killed and tens of thousands found themselves homeless.  Religious nationalists increasingly attempt to forcibly convert non-Hindus to their dominant faith, willing to use violence at the drop of a hat, when community discrimination and non-violent oppression fail to impose their religious beliefs on minority Christians. Christians face huge socioeconomic problems a consequence of decades on uninhibited oppression, many came form the lowest social class the Dalits and as such have always been an easy target for Hindu fundamentalists. 

We the undersigned call on Narendra Modi to work towards a fairer India by:

- removing Hindu bias from the national curriculum

-ensuring all people have access to clean water

-ensuring police investigate crimes against non-Hindus with equal vigour as crimes against Hindus.

-to create a fund to help the most socio-economically deprived minorities such as the long suffering Dalits escape their constant oppression

-To recognize India's role in upholding human rights as per the ratified UN Human Rights Act.

We also call on Britain, America and other countries in the west to ensure dialogue with India includes human rights in their country and not just trade.

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