TN: Order by Kanyakumari Dist. Collector helps Hindutva thugs harass Christians

March 1, 2012 by  
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Hindutva thugs harass ChristiansTami Nadu, February, 28, 2012: In an order dated 6 January 2012, the District Collector, Kanyakumari district, has prohibited an Assemblies of God church from conducting services or conventions in their own premises between 13 to 15 of January every year. The Assemblies of God church is located in Attoor, Pallikulivilai, Kalkulam Taluk, Kanyakumari District and has been functioning for the last 46 years. Since 2002 a man named R. Selvaraj has sought to disrupt church services by holding a Kaavu pooja 60 feet from the church using loudspeakers. The District Collector’s unconstitutional and illegal order was passed in order to accommodate this pooja.

This Assembly of God church has been functioning since 1956 and is a part of the South India Assemblies of God (SIAG) organization. Ever since 2002, R. Selvaraj, a mason by profession, has been trying to disrupt the church services by holding a pooja 60 feet from the church. Selvaraj does not own any property in the area and is not even a native of the area. He has nine criminal cases against him in the Tiruvattar police station. Selvaraj is operating with Hindu Munnani, a right wing organization that is against Christians and Muslims and has been trying to create communal disharmony in the area. The owner of the property where the pooja is being held is K. Gunaseelan. The land is covered with trees and bushes and has never been the site of any temple or deity.

Several law and order problems have been caused between the church and the Hindu group since 2002. The Revenue Divisional Officer has frequently held peace talks in order to resolve these issues. An attempt was made by Gunaseelan to construct a temple beside the church. In 2008, the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court issued a decree forbidding Gunaseelan and his men from constructing any temple at the site without the written permission of the DC, Kanyakumari District. The Supreme Court of India in 2009 refused to interfere with the High Court’s order. The District Collector has passed her order implying permission to the Hindu group to conduct worship at the disputed site bypassing all government rules and regulations and the guidelines issued by the Supreme Court before allowing a place of worship to commence.

The pastor and its members now fear that with this taste of victory, the next move of the group will be to build a permanent temple and prevent the Church from conducting its normal worship services and convention meetings quoting various types of poojas and festival occasions throughout the year. The senior pastor of the church is Rev C. Simon. He has been the pastor of the Assembly of God church in Attoor since 1982. Please pray for him and his congregation as they are being harassed and false complaints are being lodged against them in the police station. Pray for justice to be victorious and for the order of the District Collector to be quashed.


Pastor accused of forced conversion in Tamil Nadu

February 24, 2012 by  
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christian-persecutionTamil Nadu, February 23, 2012: John Chidambaran has been ministering in Thuvakudi, Trichi District for the past 20 years. He has a church named Mercy Prayer Hall which he built about 20 years ago. The land on which the church and the parsonage stands built on his own land which includes about 3 1/2 (three and half) cents of poramboke land allotted to Pastor John Chidambaran by the Thasildar of Tiruvarambur. Pastor’s neighbour who demands part of the poramboke land picked up a quarrel and broke the water pipe on February 21, 2012. Aggrieved by this, the pastor made a complaint to Thuvakudi Police Station. In retaliation to the police complaint, the neighbour brought about 10 RSS men led by one Mahendra and had the pastor beaten. His daughter Mercy (27years), was also beaten who was taken to the Hospital for treatment.

The Police came into the picture and said that they will settle the matter amicably and took an undertaking from the Pastor. Even after this, the neighbour, along with Mahendra the leader of RSS men went to Pastor’s brother and had him beaten and sent him to Judicial custody in Trichy central Jail on 22nd February 2012. Mahendra had created some problem for the pastor about 8 years ago and he has revived his attack on the ground of forced conversion.


A 21 year old church razed to the ground by radicals in Hosur (TN)

December 16, 2011 by  
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Paul Chinna SwamyTamil Nadu, December 13, 2011: Christu Sabha, an independent church near Hosur in Tamil Nadu, was razed to the ground in the dead of night by the Hindu radicals on Saturday, December 3rd 2011, when nobody was around the church. The police have not filed an FIR till this very day in spite of all the efforts made by the pastor in charge of the church.

Pastor Paul B. Chinnaswamy (59), who is in charge of this church, is in charge of two churches, which he built and nurtured during the last more than two decades, the first at the place of his birth in Sinigarapally called the Christu Sabha, about 19 Kilometres from the Industrial Town of Hosur, and the other at Uddinapally known as John’s Church, about 5 Kilometres away from the first church, both coming under Krishnagiri district in Tamil Nadu. Christu Sabha has a congregation of about 40 believers, and John’s Church has about 60 believers.

Pastor Chinnaswamy built the Christu Sabha church in 1990 spending over 2 lakhs of rupees collected from a large number of well-wishers and the members of his own church over a period of number of years, which today lies in shambles. Pastor Chinnaswamy, originally a communist, hails from the dalit background, and he accepted Lord Jesus in the year 1985. As a popular dalit leader in his village he had also served for a period as the chairman of the local village panchayat, hence the wrath of the Hindu fundamentalists against the new born pastor in their midst. However, Pastor Chinnaswamy has fearlessly continued to carry the good news, Christ’s liberating message, to his brothers and sisters and other members of his village.

Fearing the change of hearts of all the enslaved people in the village towards Christ, the Hindu fundamentalists mounted their attacks against the pastor, twice in 2007. They attacked him and robbed his little savings and also broke and destroyed a small shed in which he regularly held his worship services. The first attack was on 22nd April 2007 and the second on 5th May 2007 during which they not only ruthlessly beat him up, but also stabbed him with a huge screw driver in the leg with the intent of maiming him. They had also threatened to abduct all his 4 daughters and harm his son, if he persisted with his work of spreading Christianity in the village. The GCIC had also intervened and approached the NHRC and the National Minority Commission in that regard and they had ordered the local police to give all necessary protection to Pastor Chinnaswamy, which the police did for some time.

Subsequently, fearing for the lives of his children, the pastor shifted his residence to Uddinapally, another village about 5 Kilometres away, and also started a new church there, called John’s Church, while also continuing to cater to the spiritual needs of the believers at Sinigarapally and regularly conducting the worship services at Christu Sabha Church, which now stands completely destroyed. The saddest part of the whole story is that the culprits who brought a JCB and destroyed the church in the dead of night also robbed and took away whatever was useful in the church, including the rafters, beams, tiles, wooden doors and windows. Also, as he could not give any specific names to the police since he stays in his house at Uddinapally, the police have not registered any case and neither have they started any investigation into the incident. Pastor Paul Chinnaswamy lives with his wife, Beulah Solomon (49), and has 4 daughters – Lakhshmi, Nagalaxmi, Manjula and Baby and a son, Luka, some of whom are married now. Please pray for them.

– gcic

A. Mohammed John is now Backward Classes and Minorities Welfare Minister in Tamil Nadu

June 30, 2011 by  
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AIADMK legislator A Mohammed John sworn in as Minister

A. Mohammed John

Chennai: AIADMK legislator A. Mohammed John was Wednesday sworn in as minister in the Tamil Nadu government.

Governor Surjit Singh Barnala administered the oath of office and secrecy to John at Raj Bhavan in the presence of Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa and her cabinet colleagues.

John, representing Ranipet assembly constituency, has been given backward classes and minorities welfare portfolio.

With John’s induction, the strength of Jayalalithaa’s ministry has gone up to 34.

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