Christians Urge Gov't to Control Communal Violence Against Their Community

February 17, 2004

Source: Yahoo! News orld/20040217/wl_oneworld/4591793521077006396

On February 17, 2004 Yahoo! News posted a OneWorld South Asia article that reported, "Fear-stricken minority Christians from an impoverished central Indian tribal district which witnessed a spurt of communal violence last month, are urging the Indian government to take immediate steps to control the volatile situation. Residents of the under-developed Jhabua met with 25 Indian groups advocating women's and minority rights, in India's capital, New Delhi, Monday to express their concerns. On Tuesday, a group of people will petition the National Human Rights Commission - a government-instituted, independent rights body. Later this week, the group plans to present a memorandum demanding the arrest of those responsible for last month's violence, to the Indian President. The arid hills of Jhabua were torn by widespread violence after the raped body of a nine-year-old girl was found in a Catholic mission school in January."