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This is not the first time Shetty is under fire for his comments. In March this year, he introduced the private member’s Bill in the Lok Sabha, seeking to raise the age of marriage for women from 18 to 21 if she is marrying without her parent’s consent.
“The rash of violence against Christians, disrupting Palm Sunday prayers, speaks of a heightened impunity, and, we suspect, a more direct collusion of police and local authorities," John Dayal said.
The persecution of Christians in India has risen over the past year, pushing it up a league table of countries where the practice of the faith is a high-risk activity, according to a monitoring organisation.
Humanitarian groups believe Christian persecution has significantly risen since Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist party, Bharatiya Janata Party, assumed the government.
Although Christians are generally a tiny minority in India, overall representing just 2.3 percent of the population, Arulraj said there are pockets within Tamil Nadu in which movement of Christian votes from one party to the other “could definitely make a difference.”
As Christians, participating in the liturgies of the passion, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, we ask for protection and security for our defenseless community" writes the GCIC.
Activist Abraham Mathai who runs an NGO called Indian Christian Voice, had claimed Sr Bertilla was facing ""deportation"" despite having "worked for the cause of lepers in India since 40 years."