Mumbai, two Christian religious symbols desecrated intimidating for theft

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On May 6, the statue of Our Lady of Vailankanni was damaged and stolen ornaments. On May 3, a cross was desecrated in quartiene Kalina: a person arrested. Sajan K George: "Christians are an easy target of anti social elements."

Mumbai (AsiaNews) - Two cases of desecration of Christian religious symbols within a few days near Mumbai. This is what denounce the activists of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), Christian organization in India. They report that the latest episodes of intimidation against the Christian minority have been aimed theft. For AsiaNews, Sajan K George, president of the GCIC, said: "All this is for us a cause of great concern."

On May 6, the statue of Our Lady of Vailankanni in the village of Ghodbunder [about 35 km from Mumbai, ed ] was damaged. Some criminals have broken the glass of the cave that housed the statue and chipped the image of the Virgin in an attempt to steal the crown and jewels that surround the statue, all false reproductions. The Christian group reports that the thieves did not realize that the decorations do not have economic value. "The ornaments were stolen - say activists - and close to the head of the Madonna there are cracks." However, the family that owns the statue "does not want to press charges."

The second attempted robbery took place on May 3 in the Kalina area, where a cross has been vandalized. Sajan K George reports that "a person has been arrested and the case was registered in violation of the Indian Penal Code."

All this is done by return from the demolition of a cross on a private property in Bazaar Road in Bandra (Mumbai), against which protested the leaders dell'arcidioces i and the local Catholic community , which organized a silent march in support of freedom of cult. Not only that, recently the capital of Maharashtra has been the scene of other attacks on Christian religious symbols: in February, a statue of the Virgin Mary was vandalized and decapitated ; in mid-April a cross was desecrated with a twisted garland of slippers to the body of Christ .

Sajan K George said: "These episodes are not good. Christians are an easy target for the policies of anti social elements who take advantage of the growing hostility and intolerance towards the Christian faith. "

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