Archbishop of Canterbury visited the Jallianwala Bagh, and has prostrated himself to say sorry in a personal capacity and “in the name of Christ”.
While addressing a gathering inside the site of the British colonial era massacre, Welby said, “I am ashamed and sorry for the impact of the crime committed here. As a religious leader, I mourn the tragedy.”
Tendering an apology for the incident, the Most Rev Justin Welby said, “I cannot speak for the British government … but I can speak in the name of Christ and say this is a place of both sin and redemption, because you have remembered what they have done and their names will live, their memory will live before God.
In the visitors’ book, Welby wrote, “It is deeply humbling and provokes feelings of profound shame to visit this place that witnessed such atrocities hundred years ago.”
I feel a deep sense of grief having visited the site of the horrific Jallianwala Bagh Massacre today in Amritsar, where…
The head of the Church of England is on a 10-day tour of India and later went to the Golden Temple where he paid obeisance at the sanctum sanctorum.
Archbishop of Canterbury visited Sri Amritsar Sahib and admitted “Jallianwala Bagh Massacre A Huge Shame”. Many British dignitaries including their PMs have already expressed similar sentiments but what stops them from tendering a formal apology, which has been a century overdue? pic.twitter.com/a1WLEUdeVN
— Sukhbir Singh Badal (@officeofssbadal) September 11, 2019
We appreciate Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby apologising for Jallianwala Bagh Massacre
However, the pain of this tragedy is still there Cos British Govt hasnt offered an official apology for this massacre
I hope PM @BorisJohnson would take a right step in this direction pic.twitter.com/EMt8iGJi4C
— Manjinder S Sirsa (@mssirsa) September 10, 2019
The mass slaughter took place at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar during the Baisakhi festival in April 1919.
On April 13, 1919, the British Indian Army under the command of Colonel Reginald Dyer fired machine guns at a crowd staging a pro-independence demonstration.
Hundreds of unarmed protesters and pilgrims were shot dead by the British forces.
The 100 years ago event marked a nadir in Britain’s occupation of India,
This year Theresa May called the killings a “shameful scar” in British-Indian history and said that the United Kingdom “deeply regrets” the 1919 massacre.