Fanatics break and destroy a Christian cross.Karnataka
Before it was vandalized
Uncontrolled ravaging advances in Karnataka. On Sunday 05/01/2020, unidentified miscreants broke and destroyed the cross at Mount Calvary located at a village called Bagdal in the Bidar taluk in Bidar, a district in Karnataka, India.
It seemed to be a deliberate act of desecration, as nothing was left behind after the strike, everything was taken away.
Police on Sunday visited the spot and have registered a complaint at the Bagdal police station. The police assured Christians that they would arrest the culprits without delay.
The incident took place at 7:30am, during the early hours of the morning .
After it was vandalized
According to the village Christians of Bagdal, this was done by Anti-social elements. This is the second time the cross of Jesus Christ has been destroyed in the same village. Many families gathered to protest against the incident. Simon, a Christian community member said “according to Article 18, Everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. This right shall include freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his choice, and freedom, either individually or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in worship, observance, practice and teaching.
Persecution Relief has recorded 330 incidents of hate crime against Christians in 2016, 440 incidents in 2017, 477 incidents in 2018 and in 2019 we have recorded 523 incidents of Christian Persecution against Christians in India.
US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) ranked India’s persecution severity at “Tier 2” along with Iraq and Afghanistan. Over the past seven years, India has risen from No. 31 to No. 10 on Open Doors’ World Watch List, ranking just behind Iran in persecution severity
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