Delhi Archbishop condemns alleged vandalism at church

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 03, 2015 01:10 IST

The Delhi Archbishop on Monday condemned the alleged vandalisation of a church in south Delhi’s Vasant Kunj area and expressed concern over the recent spate of such attacks.

In the fifth such incident reported in the city, vandals made away with two holy materials, leaving behind other items including the donation box.

Father Vincent Salvotore (Parish Priest In Charge) talking with Delhi Police person during the investigation. (Sonu Mehta/ HT Photo)

“Another act of vandalism and targeted attack on our churches in Delhi is nothing but a reflection of hate campaign and false propaganda by groups whose sole aim is to break the religious harmony and social peace of this great nation. The attack within a week after celebration of Republic Day reflects a lot on the government and its failure to give protection to minorities and their religious structures,” said Delhi Archbishop Anil J.T. Couto.

Interestingly, out of the five previous incidents of church vandalism reported in the city, the Delhi police have managed to solve only one.

Two unidentified men had vandalized a church in west Delhi’s Vikaspuri on January 14, weeks after the home ministry directed Delhi Police to install CCTV cameras inside and around all religious places. The Delhi police had managed to arrest the accused duo, who claimed that they committed the act based on a dare.

Taking a note of the situation, members of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) also visited the church in south Delhi’s Vasant Kunj. “Police is doing its job. It’s for them to take action. Our role comes into play only if they are unable to do the needful,” said “Justice Cyriac Joseph, member NHRC.

Coming down heavily on the increasing attacks on city churches, the Home Ministry too sought a report from Delhi Police on the vandalisation of the church. Senior police officials maintained that while the accused will soon be apprehended, the investigation is on. “We have deployed special teams of senior officials to hasten the investigation and the needful is being done,” said a high ranking police official.

(With agency inputs)

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