Thursday, May 22, 2014

Christian Council Appeals State Government to Look into the Challenges Faced by the Christian Minorities*

Christian Council Appeals State Government to Look into the Challenges
Faced by the Christian Minorities*

*Awareness Given to the Villages on Indo-Burma Highways on the
Vulnerability of Human Trafficking*



Pallel (Manipur), May 17, 2014


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All India Christian Council (aicc) conducted one day seminar on the
challenges faced by the Christian minorities in Manipur and vulnerability
of human trafficking in the context of Indo-Burma Highway at Pallel today.
Over 200 key leaders from the churches and different communities living on
Indo-Burma Highway attended.



Rt. Rev. Paothang Haokip, Deputy Moderator of Good Shepherd Community
Churches, Hyderabad Diocese, Rev. Madhu Chandra, Regional Secretary of aicc
Manipur Branch, founder and former Spokesperson of North East Support
Centre & Helpline and Ms. Hechin Haokip, Secretary of Centre for Women and
Girls, were the resource persons.



Addressing the grievances faced by the Christian minorities, particularly
the Meitei, Rongmei Christians, Bishop Paothang Haokip says, “Like some of
the states in India, the Christian Minorities in Manipur have faces severe
persecution in different villages in recent years. The response from the
state Government to curve the difficulties faced the Christian minorities
is the matter of Concern.”



Manipur has witnessed server Christian persecutions in last few decades.
Churches were burnt down, death bodies reconverted into Hinduism and
Christian families are expelled from the villagers. Many of them are still
living without justice given.



Bishop Haokip also mentions, “Pallel is important place as far as trade
relationship between India and Asian counties that the Government of
Manipur and India must take keen interest in the locality to ensure fair
trade and safety to the vulnerable communities to the challenges of human
trafficking in the area.”



Ms. Hechin Haokip addressed the plights faced by the women and girl child
in the state of Manipur. She said, “The crime against women has increased
within the state in last few years. The government of Manipur must adopt
strong law, policy and plan of action to curve the crime against women. The
laws passed by the Central Government on the safety of women must be
implemented immediately.”



Calling upon the Church and community leaders to tackle the human rights
violation against the Christian minorities and women, Rev. Madhu Chandra
said, “Filing FIR in the police station and seeking help from the concerned
ministries or constitutional bodies like Human Rights Commissions and
Minorities Commissions, are very important while seeking justice. Tracking
reports on crime against Christian minorities and women in general will be
helpful while seek help from higher constitutional bodies.”



*The All India Christian Council (www.christiancouncil.in
<http://www.christiancouncil.in/>), birthed in 1998, exists to protect and
serve the Christian community, minorities, and the oppressed castes. The
aicc is a coalition of thousands of Indian denominations, organizations,
and lay leaders.*

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