South Asia

Damaged church faces objections to renovation by Hindu extremists

In the latest shocking incident of anti-Christian persecution by Hindu extremists a Church of South India building which was attacked is now facing objections to its repaid.

The Church of South India is the second largest denomination in India but is facing strong opposition from the upper caste Hindu community in Solamur village in the Indian State of Tamil Nadu.

In a recent attack during worship last Sunday (4 June 2017) three men broke the Church compound wall, making way for a lorry to enter the Church premises. When Christians objected to this they abused the Christians claiming that they had no right to run any Church in the vicinity.

Despite the Church carrying all the required and valid documents, the Hindu extremists have been objecting to the Church services and causing trouble.

During Lent they reportedly pelted stones at the Church every Friday and Sunday when services were being conducted.

The Christian community registered a police complaint against the trouble-makers on 7 April 2017 and one of the accused was arrested.

In the latest incident, the CSI Church had decided to renovate their Church which is made up of mud walls and aluminium sheets as the roof. They had also begun the construction of the Church compound wall which was stopped by the Hindu extremists.

The Christians claim to have all the required documentation to prove that the land is in the name of the CSI Church.

“The Revenue District Officer issued a notice stating that this property belongs to CSI and they can continue with the compound construction,” stated a Church member.  But for running a regular Church, the Church will have to procure a ‘No Objection Certificate’ from the District Collector.