To the High Commissioner for India, London
We, the undersigned, are gravely concerned and disappointed by the Indian Government’s failure to protect the religious rights of Christians in India as outlined in the Indian Constitution. The Right to Freedom of Religion, covered in Articles 25-28, provides religious freedom to all citizens and ensures a secular state in India. According to the Constitution, there is no official State religion, and the State is required to treat all religions impartially and neutrally. Article 25 guarantees all persons the freedom of conscience and the right to preach, practise and propagate any religion of their choice. However, Christian pastors and evangelists, notably in the rural areas of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, are frequently attacked by Hindu extremists and then detained by police on false charges of ‘forcing people to convert’.
We strongly urge the Government of India to do everything in its power to stop these attacks on its own citizens and to bring those responsible to justice, and to uphold Christians’ rights under the Constitution to practise and propagate their faith without fear of being falsely accused or imprisoned.
India Campaign petition
THIS PETITION IS NOW CLOSED. Thank you to everyone who signed this petition. We collected over 29,000 signatures and last Monday, November 11, held a vigil outside the Indian High Commission in London whilst a delegation from Release International met with the Indian High Commissioner and presented him with a hard copy of our 2013 Campaign 'Free To Follow' petition signatures. We then went on to No 10 Downing Street to hand-in a copy of the petition on CD addressed to The Prime Minister. Thank you to everyone who joined in our 2013 campaign and signed the 'Free To Follow' petition. Please go to http://www.releaseinternational.org/prayer-vigil-for-persecuted-indian-christians/ to see a report and pictures of the vigil.
End date: Nov 15, 2013
Signatures collected: 454