From the Methodist Church News Service:
On Sunday 5 December Methodists are being asked to show solidarity with Dalits, 300 million people outside the caste system that face discrimination in Indian society and around the world.
Dalit Liberation Sunday is a joint initiative of the National Council of Churches in India (NCCI) and the Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI).
Caste discrimination is believed to be the largest systemic human rights abuse in the world today. Whilst it has been abolished under the Indian Constitution, discrimination and prejudice against Dalits remains widespread. Thousands of Dalits were evicted from Delhi to remove the sight of slums for visitors to the Commonwealth Games.
Revd David Gamble, Ex-President of the Methodist Conference, recently attended the 40th Anniversary celebrations of the Church of North India. He said: “I am very pleased to see that the Indian Churches are addressing the caste question, for example at the recent National Council of Churches Conference on Justice for Dalits. Anything that can be done here to support their efforts, by prayer and action, will contribute to the Gospel call to mission in today’s world.”
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