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Indian Churches Vandalized, Set on Fire in Series of Attacks

Carrie Dedrick | Thursday, January 15, 2015

Indian Churches Vandalized, Set on Fire in Series of Attacks

Four churches in India have been recently targets of vandalism. Christian Today reports that all four churches were located in the Indian capital city of New Delhi and took place over seven weeks. 

Most recently, Our Lady of Graces Church was targeted by a vandal who broke glass and pushed over a statue of Mary but other attacks have been far more serious. St. Sebastian’s Church was burnt down; authorities said that it was a deliberate act of arson as kerosene was discovered inside the building. 

Archbishop Anil JT Couto of New Delhi told NDTV, "A clear pattern of orchestrated attacks is emerging as more and more churches are targeted, vandalised and set on fire."

"This is very disturbing and we request the authorities to take adequate measures to bring to book the miscreants who are threatening to weaken the social fabric of this great nation."

Christian persecution in India is on the rise, according to Christian Today. Open Doors recently placed the nation number 21 on its list of countries that are at highest risk of facing religious persecution. 

Publication date: January 15, 2015