Twenty crosses, along with other plaques and gravestones, were desecrated at a Christian cemetery in India’s Goa State on July 10. This is the most recent instance of cross desecrating in a series of incidents in Goa. Following reports of the incident, Goa’s local government has demanded that the Central Bureau of Investigation look into the matter and bring the perpetrators to justice. Attacks on Christians and their places of worship have steadily since 2014 when the BJP-led government took power. Many feel Hindu radicals are being allowed to operate uncontested leading to increased boldness by the radical groups.
07/12/2017 India (UCAN) – More than 40 crosses, plaques and gravestones were desecrated by unidentified persons at a Goa cemetery in the early hours of July 10, a senior police officer said.
The Congress has demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the series of acts of vandalism at religious places in the state since June.
Deputy Inspector General of Police Rupinder Kumar told IANS that the incident occurred at the Guardian Angel Catholic cemetery in Curchorem in south Goa, where a similar attack had occurred five years ago.
“Policemen were posted outside the cemetery. When they heard sounds inside the cemetery, they went in to check. Several Catholic crosses, granite stone plaques and gravestones were damaged. A CCTV camera and an electric light pole also were damaged,” the police officer said.
Initially, officials at the Curchorem police station had estimated the number of damaged crosses, gravestones and plaques at more than 100.
Kumar said that careful inspection of the site revealed that more than 40 pieces have been damaged, and these include more than 20 Catholic crosses.