Velankanny statue stoned and desecrated *Gujarat Massacre: Government to rebuild more than 500 places of worship

February 17, 2012 by  
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Velankanny statue broken

Velankanny statue broken

New Delhi, February 17, 2012: Fr. Julius Caesar from St. Mark’s Church, Punabi Bagh, New Delhi – 110 026 complained of the descration of the statue of Our Lady of Velankanny installed close to the gate facing the main road. In a complaint to AC Michael, Christian representative of the Delhi Minorities Commission on 17 February, 2012, he stated in the evening, Christian found the glass broken and the statue damaged. “This has been done willfully as the stone used to break the glass and statue was missing. This shows malicious intent to hurt religious sentiments and the police were informed of the incident. We are awaiting action from the authorities”, Fr. Julius said.

Government to rebuild more than 500 places of worship


Gujarat massacre: government to rebuild more than 500 places of worshipGujarat, February 10, 2012: The state’s High Court makes the ruling following a petition by the Islamic Relief Committee of Gujarat. Fr Prakash, director of a Jesuit human rights centre, welcomes the decision. More than a thousand people were killed in the 2002 riots; 523 places were destroyed, including three churches.

The Gujarat High Court has ruled that the government of Gujarat will have to compensate and rebuild the more than 500 places of worship destroyed during the 2002 riots. The ruling criticises Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi whose administration showed “negligence” in protecting citizens and religious structures. The decision follows a petition filed by Islamic Relief Committee of Gujarat (IRCG) in the absence of government compensation for the victims of the 2002 massacre.

“We welcome the news,” said Fr Cedric Prakash, director of the Prashant Human Rights Centre in Ahmadabad. “This judgement surely comes as a relief for victims’ survivors, for those fighting for justice and for all those who cherish the secular fabric and the diversity of our country and wish to preserve it.”

On 27 February 2002, a group of Muslims attacked the Sabarmati Express, a train carrying Hindu pilgrims, especially women, children and seniors, on their way home from Ayodhya.

The attack unleashed sectarian riots across Gujarat. Local Muslims suffered the most. Of the thousand and more who are known to have died, 790 were Muslims and 254 were Hindus. In addition, 253 people are still missing.

Overall, 523 places of religious places, including three churches, were destroyed. The authorities arrested 27,901 Hindus and 7.651 Muslims.

– asianews

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