Private prayers in a Christian home disallowed by authorities following demonstrations by hindutva activists

  May 29, 2016

  Tamil Nadu, Tiruvannamalai

  Complicity of Authorities, Damage to Property, Intimidation, Threats and Harassment


Christian prayers had been conducted in the upper floor of the personal property of a Christian in a village called Virayur, 20 kms away the district headquarters.

On 22.5.2016, he inaugurated his electrical shop on the ground floor and there were special prayers conducted for that purpose.

On 29.5.2016, hindutva activists instigated local youth to make demonstrations complaining of public nuisance to the local police who directed the Christians to discontinue their prayers. The Police told them to discontinue prayers until they got permission from the collector to conduct prayers.

A group of 15 Christian Pastors, armed with a favorable letter from the Chairman of the TN State Minority Commission went and made a representation to the SP , Tiruannammalai, R. Ponni. The SP made a reference to the Venugopal Commission’s report and said that she has directed the local police to issue them a notice that they cannot continue the prayers without due permission from the Collector.


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