India: A Christian cemetery attacked by vandals, several graves destroyed crosses uprooted

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Indian Christian graveyard attacked

Purportedly Hindu radicals attack and desecrate a Christian cemetery in Indian city.

According to media reports, radical Hindu vandals launched an attack on a Christian cemetery in Belgaum. The attackers broke and uprooted over a dozen crosses which were installed up on the graves.

In line with details, some of the graves in the cemetery located in Bharatnagar of Shahapur were damaged and debased. At the same time, the vandals also burnt a waiting room built inside the cemetery premises. The Hindu newspaper reported that empty bottles of liquor and few other materials were found littered in the room.

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This ruination was brought into noticed when a group of Christians went to the cemetery on Monday September 7 morning. The group went to prepare a grave for a deceased Christian and found the graves damaged and the waiting room burnt. The group immediately reported the matter to the Christian priests and Christian leaders. The police was informed about the incident after which Police in Shahapur have filed an FIR while investigations were launched afterwards.

In the wake of this incident, Bishop Peter Machado of Belgaum stated that the incident had badly injured the sentiments of local Christian community, which considers its cemetery as the “second holiest place, after the church”. Nonetheless, he prayed that “God forgive the perpetrators of this dastardly act.”

At the same time, Bishop Peter Machado called upon the Belgaum City Corporation to make sure that appropriate fencing is made around the Christian cemetery, to avoid such incidents in future.