EFI News Persecution Watch, December 18, 2010

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December 18, 2010

Shrine Desecrated in Andhra Pradesh

On 12 December, a group of miscreants desecrated three statues in a shrine at Guntakal, Andhra Pradesh.

The attackers chopped off the heads of the statues of Saints John and Mary Magdalene and disfigured Mother Mary's face in the replica of Calvary near the shrine.

Church members offered special Mass and prayers as reparation for the desecration. Thousands of people visit the shrine throughout the year.

Area Christians have no clue as to why the Shrine was attacked.

Prayer meeting attacked, 2 Christians seriously injured

Hindu extremists allegedly from the Bajrang Dal on 8 December disrupted a prayer meeting, attacked the Christians, seriously injuring two in Gonikpoppa, Karnataka.

Our correspondent reported that the extremists barged into the prayer meeting of Christians from the Shakina Full Gospel Church, accused them of forceful conversion and mercilessly beating them up.

Verbally abusing the Christians and continuing to beat them , the extremists dragged them to Gonilkoppa police station and pressured the police to arrests them.

However, the police released the Christians without charges but strictly warned them not to conduct future worship meetings at their homes for security purposes.

Please pray for justice and peace in the area.

Christian school attacked in Madhya Pradesh

Alleged Hindu activists on 8 December attacked a Christian school in Jabalpur, Madhya in protest of the disciplinary actions against three students.

According to report, the group forced their way into the visitors’ room of St. Mary’s Higher Secondary School, shouting anti-Christian slogans.

They then smashed a picture of the Blessed Virgin in the visitors’ room state before staff prevented them from further action. Later, another group of nearly 50 young people later went to the school and threatened the staff.

School principal Father K. J. Louis said the troublemakers had been angered by the school for punishing three students for indiscipline.

The school requested for police protection. The protesters are suspected members of the student wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP, Indian people’s party) which rules Madhya Pradesh.

Church demolished in Arunachal Pradesh

On 7 October in Hayuliang, Anjaw, Arunachal Pradesh, Hindu extremists demolished a church structure, completely bringing it down.

Our correspondent reported that Hindu extremists led by a graduate and member of Anjaw Students Union and his group in connived with the Hindu extremists destroyed Baptist Unit church and its properties.

It is also reported that some innocent students of Govt. Hr. Secondary School students were misguided and instigated to destroy the church and its properties.

From the eye witnesses and the church pastor’s account, reported Manyu, the extremist were about 70 in numbers, they took out tools and equipments from the church taker’s house and completely destroyed the church structure, made of stratco corrugated Iron roofing , cemented floor with plank and Bamboo wall, and destroyed its properties. The estimated cost of the damaged is roughly put at rupees 70,000/.

Thereafter, the extremists demolished the properties of Catholic fellowship at the same area. Lohit Mishmi Baptist Churches Association (LMBCA) lodged a police complaint the next day, but no arrest has been made till date.

An appeal to write to authorities

As concerned people, kindly write to the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Arunachal Pradesh appealing to them to safe guard the rights of the minority communities and to give protection to churches against attacks and to take immediate action against the perpetrators of violence.

Shri Kiran Kumar Reddy

Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh
'C' Block, 6th Floor, AP Secretariat
[email protected]

(O) Tel: (040) 23456698; 23455205
(O) Fax: (040) 23452498 ; 23454828

Shri B. S. Yediyurappa
Chief Minister of Karnataka

(O) Tel: +91 080 22253414 ; 22253424
(O) Fax: +91 080 22281021 ; 22253660
[email protected]

Shri Hans Raj Bhardwaj   
Governor of Karnataka
Raj Bhavan Road,
Bangalore - 560 001

Tel: + 91 080 22254102 ; 22253555
Fax: +91 080 22258150

Email: [email protected]

Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan
Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh

(O) Tel: (755) 2551581 ; 2551433
(O) Fax: (755) 2551781 ; 2540501

[email protected]

Shri Dorjee Khandu
Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh

(O) Tel: (0360) 2212456 ; 2212173
(O) Fax: (0360) 2212579
(R) Tel: (0360) 2214306 ; 2212341
(R) Fax: (0360) 2215435

Issued By:
Rev. Dr. Richard Howell,
General Secretary
Evangelical Fellowship of India
New Delhi, India

Evangelical Fellowship of India (established 1951) is a charter member of World Evangelical Alliance, an accredited NGO with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations