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SCM India students holds
candle light vigil at Beach Road
for peace and to end secular violence

September 7, 2008

SCM India students holds candle light vigil at Beach Road for peace and to end secular violenceWe the Student Christian Movement of India, Vishakapatnam city unit had gathered on 7th September 2008 at Beach road to protest the violence against Christians in Orissa. A large number of students and dignitaries have turned up for the vigil to protest peacefully and to express solidarity with the broken community. Scores of shops, schools, colleges and house shave been set on fire, many have been threatened, beaten up, assaulted, vandalized, brutalized, robbed, raped, tortured, exposed to all kinds of violence or even brutally murdered only on basis of their religion in Orissa.

As students and senior friends we felt that this is shameful to democracy and secularism, it is a serious human rights violation where right to life, subsistence and survival was endangered. And it is the time we need to respond to cries of people to secure peace and justice in the society. We have gathered to protest these attacks, and to express solidarity and to demand the government to initiate immediate steps to ensure secularism to be restored in country and the perpetrators to be arrested. We appeal to the government to take steps to restore law and order situation and make the state a safe place for all minorities to coexist.