Thursday, September 18, 2008
Jesus image is a symbol of 'Love And Mercy'
Different religious fanatics are on the rise. After Kandhmal, it is the turn of Christians in Karnataka to face the ire of right-wing Hindu mobs.
Suspected Bajrang Dal activists vandalized seven churches and a house in Mangalore, Udupi and Chikmagalur districts on Sunday. In Dakshina Kannada district, the activists targeted the Adoration Monastery just off the Milagres Church on Falnir Road. The group barged into the prayer hall and damaged the tabernacle, where the holy Eucharist is kept. They damaged windowpanes, furniture as well the crucifix. Another group attempted to vandalise another prayer hall in Kankanady.
The Christians gathered in large numbers in front of the Milagres Hall to protest against the series of attacks. The protesters and the police resulted in violence. Protesters hurled stones at the police who lathicharged them in return. Several vehicles were damaged.
Police in the southern Indian state of Karnataka have arrested over 60 people in connection with attacks on churches and clergymen over the weekend.
Last month, anti-Christian violence in the eastern Orissa state led to the deaths of at least 20 people
Concerned over the prospects of an anti-Christian campaign spreading to Karnataka soon after attacks on minorities in Orissa, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh drew the attention of chief minister B S Yedyurappa to reports of such incidents earlier in the day. The Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has described the violence in Orissa as a "national disgrace".