No One Should Be Targeted For Their Faith

Message from Tehmina Arora, Director, ADF India

The Constitution of India holds a promise for the liberty of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship for all. Yet, across the country, thousands of people are targeted for their faith. The hopes and dreams of families are shattered due to the senseless loss of lives, livelihood, and property.

This is not the promise of the Constitution and this is not the ethos of India. India’s history is replete with examples of religious traditions finding space to flourish and grow. India is a garden of many flowers, the sweet fragrance of which fills our culture.

At ADF India, we believe in the constitutional promise that No One Should Be Targeted for Their Faith. We invite you to join this campaign and sign the pledge to protect India’s rich tradition of religious harmony.

We bring you the stories of four extraordinary women, Nirmal Kaur, Neeru Kaul, Nishrin Hussain and Sr. Meena Barwa. They belong to different faith traditions but were all targeted for their faith.

These stories will give you a glimpse into the lives of survivors. You will feel their pain but you will also rejoice in their courage and resilience. They are not different from us. They have similar aspirations and their stories offer hope and lessons for all of us.

Stories of survivors
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Sign The Pledge

The full list of signatures will be shared with the Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, to showcase India's commitment to religious freedom at the United Nations.

संयुक्त राष्ट्र में धार्मिक स्वतंत्रता के लिए भारत की प्रतिबद्धता को प्रदर्शित करने के लिए, हस्ताक्षर की पूरी सूची भारत के स्थायी प्रतिनिधि को समर्पित की जाएगी।
I will never support or indulge in any act of discrimination or violence against persons on the basis of their religion or belief.

मैं कभी भी अपने धर्म या विश्वास के आधार पर व्यक्तियों के खिलाफ किसी भी तरह के भेदभाव या हिंसा का समर्थन या अभद्रता नहीं करुंगा।
I condemn all violence and acts of terrorism targeting individuals on the basis of or in the name of religion or belief.

मैं सभी हिंसा और आतंकवाद के कृत्यों की निंदा करता हूं जिसमें धर्म या विश्वास के आधार पर व्यक्तियों को निशाना बनाया जाता है ।
I strongly deplore all acts of violence directed against cultural centres or places of worship, as well as all attacks on and in religious places, sites and shrines.

मैं सांस्कृतिक केंद्रों या पूजा स्थलों के साथ-साथ धार्मिक स्थलों, और तीर्थस्थलों पर हमले के खिलाफ निर्देशित हिंसा के सभी कामों का विरोध करता हूं।
I reaffirm my unwavering support for the victims of violence based on religion and belief.

मैं धर्म और विश्वास के आधार पर हिंसा के पीड़ितों के लिए अपना दृढ़ समर्थन की पुष्टि करता हूं।
I demonstrate my support by doing all in my power to prevent such attacks and demanding that those responsible are held accountable.

मैं इस तरह के हमलों को रोकने के लिए अपना समर्थन प्रदर्शित करता हूं और मांग करता हूं कि जो जिम्मेदार हैं उन्हें उत्तरदायी ठहराया जाए।

Other Campaign Videos

Webinar on International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief with Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief
Webinar Featuring Dr.Ram Puniyani
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Victim Compensation

Central Victim Compensation Fund Scheme (CVCF) Guidelines - Click Here

Revised Guidelines of Central Scheme for Assistance to Civilians Victims/Family of Victims of Terrorist, Communal and Naxal Violence - Click Here

Supreme Court Judgment on Kandhamal Communal Riots and Additional Compensation for Victims [Archbishop Raphael Cheenath S.V.D v. State of Orissa, 2016 SCC OnLine SC 761, decided on 02.08.2016] - Click Here

Pluralism and Communal Harmony

The Way To Communal Harmony - Click Here

Towards Genuine Pluralism - Click Here

5 Facts About Religion in India - Click Here

Legal Framework

The Constitution of India - Click Here

The Indian Penal Code - Click Here

Tools for Learning

The Freedom of Religion or Belief ​Learning Platform - Click Here

Preventing Violent Extremism through Education - Click Here

Constitution of India: Presentation for School Children - Click Here
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