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India: vandals in church in Karnataka, statue destroyed

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(ANSA) – NEW DELHI, DEC 23 – The Catholic church of St Joseph was stormed by vandals in the rural town of Chikkaballapur, in Karnataka, and a statue of Saint Anthony was defaced. This was reported in a police report by a faithful of the parish, who found on the altar of the church, which dates back to 150 years ago, stones, pebbles and waste.

The attack follows within hours of the start of the discussion in the state legislature of the “anti forced conversions” bill, which began yesterday.

The new discipline, called “Karnataka Right to Freedom of Religion Bill 2021”, “Right to freedom of religion”, provides for up to ten years in prison for those who “forcibly” convert minors, women, or members of the community to another religion. tribal, protected or registered castes.

The BJP, the majority party in the state, sees the measure as a powerful tool of consensus ahead of the 2023 elections.

Yesterday hundreds of activists from 40 political and civil society organizations organized a massive protest march in Bengalore, the state capital.

According to a recent study by the People’s Union for Civil Liberties since the beginning of this year, 39 incidents of hatred towards Christian communities have occurred in Karnataka.

The report, entitled “Criminalizing the Practice of Faith” denounces that in several cases the police and politicians were complicit in the right-wing extremist organizations responsible for the attacks.

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