Special Correspondent

GULBARGA: The Dalit Sangharsh Samiti (DSS) has condemned the attacks on Christian prayer halls and churches and the incident where a nun was raped in Orissa. It termed the attacks part of a larger design to divide the country on communal lines.

State convener of the DSS Mariappa Halli, who led a protest and dharna in Gulbarga city against the attacks, said that the increasing attacks on minorities was posing a serious threat to the secular fabric of the nation.

He said that every right-thinking human being should condemn the attacks and the incidents where Christians were forced to leave their homes in Orissa. The victims in Orissa were mostly people belonging to the Scheduled Castes who had converted to Christianity voluntarily, he said.

Mr. Halli said that the so-called protectors of Hinduism in the garb of the Bajrang Dal and other Sangh Parivar organisatiwere involved in “ethnic cleansing” in Orissa by placing a condition that only those who convert to Hinduism would be permitted to return to their villages.

Mr. Halli said that the Constitution guaranteed every citizen the right to follow the religion of his/her choice, and nobody should be allowed to force their religion on others. Later, a memorandum addressed to Governor Rameshwar Thakur was submitted to the district authorities.