A pattern of persecution in India

(Photo courtesy International Christian Concern)

(Photo courtesy International Christian Concern)

India (ICC/MNN) — In the last 45 days, four churches in New Delhi, India, have been attacked.

International Christian Concern reported the Marian grotto was vandalized at night by three people. Though the incident was caught on security footage, the vandals are unknown. Many of the Christians in New Delhi have become concerned and believe there is a pattern of persecution towards followers of Chrfist.

According to Matters India, the first incident took place on December 1. St. Sebastian’s Church was burnt and started protests from Christians throughout the capital.

Just a week later, several people threw stones at Our Lady of Fatima Forane church Jasola, breaking window panes.

Matters India reported on January 3 that a fire was started at the Church of Resurrection in Rohini.

The fourth attack, which took place on January 14 at Our Lady of Graces Church, happened just two days after the Election Commission of India announced the polls to elect Delhi’s legislative assembly would be held on February 7. Three people rode on a motorbike early in the morning and vandalized the stained glass window and other property.

Father Balraj told Matters India they filed a First Information Report and the police have already identified the perpetrators.

Before the fourth attack, police said the two fires and stone throwing were accidents, not crimes. Father Mathew Koyickal told Matters India, “Now they have no excuse.”

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