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Two Christian symbols in and around the city of Mumbai in India were desecrated in the space of just a few days. First, a statue of Our Lady of Vailankanni was attacked by criminals attempted to steal the icons crown, which had no economic value. Second, a cross was vandalized several days before the desecration of the statue. Attacks on Christians and the symbols that represent Christianity in India have come under increasing attack. Hindu radicals, intent on making India a Hindu nation, have little tolerance for the symbols of Christianity being seen in public and often deface these symbols to both remove Christianity from the public space and to intimidate the local Christian population. 

05/10/2017 India (Asia News) – Two cases of the desecration of Christian religious symbols within the space of a few days near Mumbai have been denounced by activists of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC). Sajan K George, president of GCIC, reports that the latest episodes of intimidation against the Christian minority was a theft. “This is all cause for great concern”, he told Asia News.

On May 6, the statue of Our Lady of Vailankanni in the village of Ghodbunder, located about 35 km from Mumbai, was damaged. Criminals broke the glass guarding the statue and chipped the image of the Virgin in an attempt to steal the crown and jewels surrounding the statue, all false reproductions.

Christian group reported that thieves did not realize that decorations had no economic value. “Ornaments have been stolen,” the activists said. “There are cracks near Our Lady’s head.” In any case, the family to which the statue belongs, “did not want to file a complaint.”

The second attempt of theft occurred on May 3 in the Kalina district, where a cross was vandalized. Sajan K George reported that “one person was arrested and the case was registered for violation of the Indian Penal Code.”

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