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North India General Secretary arrested defending Dalit Christians

Posted on: December 12, 2013 5:23 PM
Church of North India General Secretary Alwan Masih was among those who had been protesting for Dalit Christian rights
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The Delhi police today cane-charged and water cannoned Archbishop Anil Couto of Delhi, several other bishops, nuns, pastors as they led a rally in Parliament Street demanding to end the discrimination against dalit Christians.

Several priests and nuns and lay leaders were injured badly in the police action. Christian leaders then courted arrest and were taken to parliament street police station as they mached on defying police orders.

This is the first time after in1997, that Bishops and Church leaders have been arrested while protesting for dalit cause.

Among the arrested were Church of North India General Secretary Alwan Masih, Ecumenical Fellowship of India's Reverend Vijayesh Lal and National Council of Chuches of India's Roger Gaikwad.

Those arrested also included Mary John, Delhi Minorities Commission Member A C Michael, National Integration Council Member John Dayal and Member of Parliament Anwar Ali.

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