Haryana/ Ambala: In a shocking incident, the statues of Jesus Christ at 173-Years-Old Holy Redeemer Catholic Church located on Durand Road, Ambala Cantt was vandalised by few miscreants on the eve of Christmas. According to reports the incident occurred at midnight after the commencement of Christmas celebrations at church.
The Police has reached the crime scene and started investigation, Station House Officer of Sadar police station in Ambala, Naresh said “according to CCTV footage, two youths broke into the premises of church at 12:30 AM and vandalised the statues of Jesus Christ at around 1:40 AM, they’ve not been identified yet but we have formed a police team who are trying to identify and nab them, the Church authorities are filing the complaint and we will take action accordingly“
DSP Ambala Cantt Ramkumar along with ASP Pooja Dabla also reached the spot and assured the people that strict action will be taken against the culprits. The statue which was installed in the middle of main gates of church was inside a glass frame, the anti-social elements broke the glass frame and desecrated the statue by smashing it with some blunt weapons.
People on social media react ‘not my Haryana’‘
After the report of vandalism of Jesus Christ statue, people on Twitter condemned it by saying ‘This is Not my Haryana’. A user named Bhupender Chaudhary wrote in Hindi “Statue of Jesus Christ was vandalized in Ambala Cantt Church on Christmas night, Sadly we all remain mute spectators to this hatred and ruin! This is NOT My Haryana !“
Journalist Ajit Anjum wrote “This is how the foundation of New India is being laid under Modi Raj… What can we do except damning“
Below are few more tweets condemning the attack
Rise of attacks on Christians in India
The growing attacks carried by Hindutva Nationalists on minorities in India had created an atmosphere of fear among minorities, there were several incidents of disruption and vandalism in Churches and Christian Schools has been reported in last one month. On December 6, a group of people affiliated to the Hindu groups such as Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal, forcefully entered St Joseph School, Ganj Basoda, in Madhya Pradesh’s Vidisha district and attacked the staff and vandalised classrooms.
On 9 December, Hindu right-wing groups forcefully tried to enter a church in Haryana’s Rohtak alleging religious conversions, the Church promoter alleged the mob created a ruckus and also hit the church sisters. On December 23, a group of right-wing activists barged into a convent school, Nirmala English High School and College in Karnataka’s Mandya district and disrupted small Christmas celebration. On December 25, a Christmas celebration at a private school called House of Hope in Pataudi, Gurugram was forcibly disrupted by members of Dharam Jagriti Mission who snatched the mic from priest and started shouting ‘Jai Shree Ram’.
According to the NGO United Against Hate, Association for Protection of Civil Rights and United Christian Forum, over 300 incidents of violence targeting the Christian community were reported this year in the country with Uttar Pradesh topping the list followed by Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi, and Kerala.