Under-construction church vandalised and cross replaced with Hanuman idol in Haryana, India

  March 14, 2015

  Haryana, Hisar

  Damage to Property, Intimidation, Threats and Harassment

On March 14, 2015 at Hisar, Haryana, an under-construction church in Kaimri village was found to be vandalised by a group and the cross replaced with an idol of Hanuman. Father Subhash Chand of Believers Church lodged a complaint against 14 people, following which a case was registered by police under sections 147 (Punishment for rioting), 153A (promoting enmity between groups), 295 (destroying, damaging a place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class of persons), 380 (theft in a building), 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC. Police said that on March 6, a group of youths entered the plot where the church was being built, and forcibly installed a Hanuman idol there. Earlier, on Febraury 11, 2015, fundamentalists had attempted to destroy the cross installed on the Church Building that was under construction.

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