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India: Christian church and pastor’s home wrecked

ICC Note: Anti-Christian violence has spread to even the most remote parts of India, as police watch a mob destroy a pastor’s house.

12/20/08 India ( – A church building was dismantled in the heart of Imphal, capital of Manipur. The Village Council Ordered Unconstitutional Notice to Christian minorities living amongst Tribal community not to practice their faith. The Church Pastor, his wife and children were beaten and their house was dismantled.

As reported to All India Christian Council by Kaphun Kamei who is a Christian resident of Chingmeirong Kabui village (outskirt Imphal city), that at around 8 p.m. on December 14, 2008, a mob numbering around 100 led by by Shri Lanshinga Daimei, Shri Amuthoi, Shri Chandrasing Rongmei, Shri Magu Rongmei, Shri Kakangam Gangmei, Smt.Aluna Rongmei, and Kathuna Daimei residents of the same village attacked the church building constructed in his own plot, they first pelted stones and then dismantled it latter. The matter was reported to the Lamphel police station and later arrested two of the culprits.

“My home along with church building in my compound is destroyed by the mob and police did not protect me and my family though my village is just within the greater Imphal jurisdiction,” as told by Kaphun to Christian Council.

Ms. Panti Gonmei, a church activist says, “Kabui Christians numbering about five families in Chingmeirong Kabui village suffer at the hands of majority Kabui tribe community under their unconstitutional village rule and regulation.” “Attacked on Mr. Kaphun and his home and church were carried out under the unconstitutional order of the village council,” added Ms. Gonmei.

A Notice Board stuck in the village gate in Manipuri reads as: “No Christian activities and propagation within Chingmeirong Kabui village Ward No. 173, any living person violating this order will be punished under the rules and regulation of the village council – By Order Village Council/Village Chief, Chingmeirong.”

Delhi-based Human Rights Activist, Mr. Madhu Chandra, Spokesperson of North East Support Centre & Helpline and Regional Secretary of All India Christian Council says, “The Village Council Order of Chingmeirong Kabui village is unconstitutional and no rule and regulation of any body or village council can not go beyond Indian constitutional frame.” … [Go To Full Story]