Christian Pilgrims Attacked by Radicals in Southern India

08/22/2019 India (International Christian Concern) – On August 18, 40 Christian pilgrims were attacked by radical Hindu nationalists while traveling through India’s Tamil Nadu state. During the attack, the radicals also desecrated a statue of the Virgin Mary that belonged to the pilgrims.

The pilgrims originally departed from India’s Karnataka state with the intention of traveling to the Marian Shrine of Velankanni, located on the coast of Tamil Nadu. They carried a statue of the Virgin Mary which they had decorated with flowers and garlands.

The pilgrims were reportedly attacked by six members of the Hindu Munnani group. The radicals accused the Christians of proselytizing because they were carrying the statue of the Virgin Mary. The radicals then attacked the Christians and desecrated the statue by placing a garland of slippers around the Virgin Mary’s neck. The incident was reported to the local police, who arrested the six attackers.

Attacks on Christians and their places of worship have continued to increase. Radical nationalists, who view India as a Hindu nation, have become increasingly bold and violent under the administration of the pro-Hindu BJP government.

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