‘Ashamed and sorry for Jallianwala Bagh massacre’: Archbishop of Canterbury pays tribute at memorial in Amritsar

Archbishop of Canterbury Rev Justin Welby at the Jallianwala Bagh memorial in Amritsar on Tuesday. (Express photo by Rana Simranjit Singh)

Archbishop of Canterbury Reverend Justin Welby visited the Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar on Tuesday, a century after the British colonial era massacre that had left thousands dead, and said that the experience had been “deeply humbling and provoked feelings of profound shame”.

The massacre had taken place during the Baisakhi festival in April 1919 when the British Indian Army under the command of Colonel Reginald Dyer had opened fire at a crowd staging a pro-independence demonstration.

“I cannot speak for British government. But but I can speak in the name of Christ. It is place for sin and redemption. Because you have remembered what they have done and their name will live, their memory will live,” Reverend Welby said on Tuesday during his visit, which was part of a tour of India.

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“I am so shamed and sorry for the impact of this crime committed here. I am a religious leader not a politician. As religious leader I mourn the tragedy I see here,” he added.

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Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, paid respect at the memorial with humble physical gestures. (Express Photo)

The archbishop read a prayer seeking forgiveness and lay face down on the floor in front of the memorial to pay his respects.

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