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Christians, Muslims protest against ‘attacks on churches’ Minorities in Delhi

New Delhi: Members of the Christian and Muslim communities staged a protest at Jantar Mantar here on Sunday against alleged “attacks on churches, violence and arrests and atrocities on Muslim Minorities” in different parts of the country.

Md. Rafiquzamma the Convener of All India Muslim Federation (AIMF) Haryaza State along with dozens of AIMF Members joined the protest along with fathers and brothers of several churches. Md. Rafiquzamma condemned the killing of two Muslims in Rajasthan.

Cow vigilante Monu Manesar was named accused in the killing of two Muslim men from Rajasthan in Haryana, members of the right-wing organisations, VHP (Vishva Hindu Parishad) and Bajrang Dal took out a rally in his support on Saturday, Md. Rafiquzamma said.

Nasir and Junaid were kidnapped, lynched and murdered allegedly by members of the Bajrang Dal, including Manesar, on suspicion of their involvement in cow slaughter, on Tuesday said Md. Rafiquzamma while addressing the gathering.

“We are being accused of forcibly converting people to Christianity. Churches are being attacked, our people are being beaten up and arrested. The community members are living in a constant state of panic,” Steven from Uttar Pradesh said.

He claimed that the country saw “525 cases of atrocities against the members of the community in 2021 and 600 cases in 2022”.

“In Uttar Pradesh, the number of such cases increased from 70 in 2020 to 183 in 2022,” he claimed.

Shivpal from Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh alleged that the state police has been arresting people over allegations of forced conversions.

“We are not even allowed to pray in our houses. A few women were arrested for offering prayers during a birthday celebration,” he said.

One of the FIRs filed against the members of the community names an 11-year-old and a person who died in 2010, Steven alleged.

“Churches are being attacked and our community members harassed in Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and many other states. Cases are being filed against them on the basis of false charges.

We have come here to express solidarity with our brothers and sisters,” Poonam, who came from Delhi’s Punjabi Bagh, said.