Desecration of the cross in Santacruz West,Holy week attack in India
http://m.asianews.it/notizie-it/Croce-dissacrata-a-Mumbai:-ghirlanda-di-... desecrated in Mumbai: twisted garland of slippers to the body of Christ
The desecration was discovered by a faithful which visited the church to pray. The case was registered against unknown persons. Christian Leaders condemns yet another act of intimidation against the Christian minority. "Clear indication of awakening sectarian strife".
Mumbai (AsiaNews) - Unknown criminals have desecrated a cross in Santacruz West, affluent suburbs of Mumbai (Maharashtra). The desecration of the cross in the local church took place yesterday. To discover it was a woman of 42 years, she entered the place of worship around 7 in the morning to pray. She went to the altar, the faithful noted that the cross had been "decorated" with a garland of slippers. For AsiaNews, Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), condemns yet another act of intimidation against Christians falling in a week, the Santa, already marked by numerous incidents of violence and abuse against the minority and its sacred places .
The case was registered against unknown to the local police station in accordance with sections 295 (damage or injuries to a place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class) and 427 (act of vandalism causing damage amounting 50 rupees) of the Indian penal Code.
On behalf of the GCIC, Sajan K George denounces "the desecration of the Holy Cross, that hurts deep in our religious feelings, especially during Holy Week. This act is even more shameful because of the slippers placed wreath on the body of Jesus Christ. " The Christian leader said that "in the Indian tradition of flower garlands are used to revere and honor [the gods], whereas here the sacred body of Jesus was adorned with garlands of slippers. This is a clear indication of a revival of sectarian strife, [the] desire to hurt the religious sentiment and lead the Christian people with such shameful act ".
The president of the GCIC remember that what happened yesterday is the "second episode of desecration in the space of two months in Mumbai, after the statue of the Virgin decapitated in Kurla district ". This is even more sad, concludes, because "Mumbai is the financial capital and a cosmopolitan, tolerant of all religions. Here it is really common to see people of all castes and faiths who flock to Marian shrines and bring offerings to the Virgin Mary as coconuts, flowers, candles, and more. So he adorned the sacred body of Jesus with a garland of slippers is a malicious act intentionally done ".