Group of Hindutva outfits vandalize a newly constructed church

  March 12, 2016

  Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu

  Damage to Property, Intimidation, Threats and Harassment, Physical assault

Tension prevailed at Kalapatty, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, after a group of Hindutva outfits vandalized a newly constructed church there. Members of the outfits had been for long protesting the construction of the church. A small church was existing on a property measuring 25 cents since the year 1948. A temple was also located close by. With the permission of the District Collector and the local body, construction of a bigger church began. Those opposed to it had moved a court in Coimbatore, but the church authorities had obtained permission from the Madras High Court to construct the church. The court had directed the police to provide protection to the church. The church was dedicated on Wednesday amidst protests from persons who are said to be not from that locality. On 12.3.2016, a group of around 15 people pushed away the policemen on guard, damaged the compound wall, main door, furniture, and the altar of the church.

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