The All India Christian Council asked India's government to pass legislation to "curb communal violence and bring justice" to victims of religious violence.
In a press release, the council said the bill would help "end the climate of impunity" and the "communal violence that has plagued this country since independence in 1947."
That year sectarian violence took the lives of more than 6 million when the subcontinent was divided into Hindu-majority India and Muslim-majority Pakistan.
Since then, incidents of religious violence include a 1984 massacre of Sikhs that killed more than 3,000 and the killings of more than 100 Christians in Orissa state in 2008.
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