Church Attacked in Tamil Nadu During a Christmas Meeting
In Coimbatore, a city in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, Christian meetings are regularly given closure orders by religious extremist groups on the pretext of “noise and disturbances” caused to the community.
On December 9, 2017, a peaceful pre-Christmas gathering was disrupted by an outraged religious outfit led by a local leader of a national political party. The prayer hall where the Christians met was vandalized, with the windows and furniture of the hall wantonly destroyed. At least one person sustained injuries.
The mob even brazenly filed a complaint against Pastor Vinod Kumar, a member of the trust that runs the prayer hall, for allegedly allowing the situation to escalate.
This incident is only one of the 30 prayer halls that were given notices to shut down during the 2017 Christmas season in the city. These attacks often follow a similar pattern and rarely get any police or political intervention.