When Britishers wept before victims’ kin, said sorry for Jallianwala massacre

While reports are doing rounds that British Prime Minister David Cameron may apologise over the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre, the descendants of the Britons who committed the massacre had tendered deepest apologies for the act of their ancestors way back in November 1996.

They had gone on to underline that acts of their ancestors had "betrayed our Lord Jesus Christ and the message of love and life through the shed blood of Jesus on the cross".

Eight residents from Britain, Scotland, America, New Zealand and 15 other Christians — all from Community of Praise Baptist Church (CPBC) in Singapore — had made a special trip to Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar on November 14, 1996. They had knelt and wept before more than 80 Indians at Jallianwala Bagh to repent on behalf of their ancestors.

On November 22, 1996, the CPBC had issued a press release in this regard on its official letterhead. The release, currently on display in a glass enclosure at Jallianwala Bagh, mentioned how senior pastor of CPBC Charles Carroll, while writing in the register of Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Trust, had expressed deepest apologies.

"We, the members of Community of Praise Baptist Church in Singapore — especially the descendants of the British who committed this massacre — repent on behalf of our ancestors. We feel deep sorrow and remorse for their pride, arrogance, domination, control, hatred and murder towards the Indian people. In their actions they have betrayed our Lord Jesus Christ and the message of love and life through the shed blood of Jesus on the cross. Please accept our deepest apologies. We have asked our God to forgive us, and He has mercifully done so. Today, we ask you to forgive us on behalf of our ancestors. May God's grace cleanse this land and bring healing and restoration," Caroll was quoted in the in the press release. The document was signed by each member of the group.

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