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UK to take up Christian persecution in India

Press Trust of India  |  London 

The on Tuesday said that it would take up the issue of the alleged of Christians in India, with a British pointing to a "worsening" of such cases in the country.

During a scheduled session of oral questions for the (FCO) in the House of Commons, said the would raise all specific cases of such alleged religious in with its counterparts.

"of course is one of many countries where there has been an increased worsening in recent years and we will obviously at a consular level take up all the cases [of Christian persecution]," Field told the Commons.

He was responding to a specific intervention by David Linden, who raised the case of a group of Christians allegedly being beaten during a prayer meeting in in early May and asked for government action over the escalating cases in the country.

Earlier, UK foreign spoke of a roundtable of faith leaders he had attended at the British High Commissioner's residence in over the issue.

"What emerged is the immensely important role that politicians have in developing countries in not fanning populism and hatred between religions in election campaigns, which is a very easy route to go down with extremely damaging consequences," he said.

Hunt also pointed to a report he had commissioned to review the of Christians around the world and consider appropriate measures to counter the problem.

"The reason we commissioned this report was a sense that whilst we have called out persecution of people of other religions we have been more reticent in doing that when it's Christians. When actually 80 per cent of all the religious persecution is against Christians, he said.

The interim report submitted by the of Truro earlier this month was described as a truly sobering look at the worldwide, as it quoted figures from Persecution Relief to highlight 736 such attacks in India in 2017, up from 348 in 2016.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, May 14 2019. 21:11 IST
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