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Display of Cross declared Illegal in India


The Government of India, declares the show of “Cross” on any public property to be illegal.

The Christian community in India frequently faces persecutions at public and government levels. In some areas of the country, the Local Government does not hesitate to use Forced Conversion Laws to batter Christians, in particular the pastors.

According to a most recent Anti-Christians Law, the display of “Cross” on any public property is strictly prohibited. Any violation of law will result in desecration of the Cross. The Christians in India are protesting against this biased law, but there is less probability that they can bring the desecration of Crosses to a halt.

The Christian community in Mumbai has raised strong criticism with the BMC; over the decision of declaring the display of  Cross to be illegal. Advocate Godfrey Pimenta, Vice-president of the Bombay East Indian Association says, “Officials have suppressed material facts on the issue not only before the Supreme Court but also the Bombay High Court and the committee formed for taking decisions for removal of encroachment of religious structures. It is unimaginable that protected religious structures, which are in existence even prior to the birth of the BMC and the municipal Burroughs which existed prior thereto and are listed as heritage structures, some of which are of historical importance and revered by many communities, are now suddenly deemed illegal by the BMC. There is nothing more blasphemous than the present categorization done by the committee headed by the municipal commissioner has thrown all cautions to wind and labeled almost every religious structure within the BMC limits as illegal.’