Please see here the press note from Church of South India (CSI) condemning the attacks on Churches in India and demanding action.
TO CONDEMN THE ATTACKS AND VANDALISM ON CHURCHES IN NEW DELHI BY THE CHURCH OF SOUTH INDIA
- The Most Rev. Dr. G. Dyvasirvadam , Moderator, Church of South India
- The Rt. Rev. Thomas K. Oommen, Deputy Moderator
- Rev. Dr. D.R. Sadananda, General Secretary
- Adv. C. Robert Bruce, Honorary Treasurer
- The Rt. Rev. Dr. G. Devakadasham, Former Moderator, Church of South India & Bishop in CSI Kanyakumari Diocese
- Rev. T. Devaputhiran, Administrative Secretary, CSI Madras Diocese
- Mr. Arthur Sadhanandham, Executive Committee Member, Church of South India
- Dr. Vimal Sukumar, CSI Medak Diocese
The recent vandalism and attacks on five Churches in different directions of the city of New Delhi has evoked a strong sense of insecurity and anguish among the Christian community in India. This is an alarming atmosphere apparently linked to the Ghar Wapsy Programme organized by some religious fanatics. There is a strong feeling that the Central Government is not doing enough to reassure the minority communities in the country in spite of the continued orchestrated and systematic attack and vandalism on Churches which included miscreants, breaking open the Churches and desecrating hol y objects and also setting a church on fire.
The Church at large in India demands that the Government should initiate a judicial enquiry and also take steps to ensure repair and restoration of the damaged churches. The Prime Minister is still silent on the issue. With the backdrop of these attacks, he should have come forward and issued a statement installing confidence and security amongst the peace loving Christian community in the country.
The church is a minority community in the country but the contribution and impact it made on the country’s development has been immense and unparalleled particularly in the fields of education and health. The Church in South India urges the Central government to create a sense of security, safety and a new hope for the minority communities not just the Christian minority community but all the minority communities at large.