Statue of the Virgin Mary Vandalized in India’s Madhya Pradesh State
02/09/2019 India (International Christian Concern) – A statue of the Virgin Mary was vandalized by unknown individuals on February 3 in the village of Ishgar, located in India’s Madhya Pradesh state. The incident has left Christians in Ishgar deeply disturbed and worried about future attacks on their community.
According to Asia News, the statue was set on fire on February 3. Sajan K George, President of the Global Council of Indian Christians, told Asia News, “The statue of Mary was found burnt in the grotto of the parish of St. Joseph, about 10 km away from the archbishop’s house.”
A complaint has been registered with local police and an investigation into this incident is under way. Fr. Rockey Shah, Spokesman for the Diocese of Jhabua, told Asia News, “Investigations are under way. We presented a memorandum to the police officer and collector. We have asked our people to pray for peace and harmony and not to react aggressively.”
Attacks on Christians and their places of worship have increased in India in recent years. In 2019, Open Doors USA ranked India the 10th most difficult country for Christians in the world. The dramatic increase in attacks on Christians and their institutions had much to do with this ranking for India.
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