Heritage church in Hyderabad under Army blockade

May 18, 2016 by  
Filed under newsletter-india

Hyderabad, May 17, 2016: A church built at Queen Victoria’s wish over a century ago is now practically dysfunctional due to road blockades imposed by Army Cantonment at Bolarum.

Holy Trinity church, Sunday mass of which used to be attended by close to 1,200 people is now inaccessible to believers in the flock, as the Cantonment authorities have blocked roads which connects the Church to the main road.

The matter has irked the parish members and community elders who have now approached Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to resolve the blockade issue.

The believers, led by former MLA Christine Lazarus, had also represented the matter to President Pranab Mukherjee following which they approached the State Minorities Commission.

The matter came to light as it was brought to the notice of Malkajgiri MP Ch. Malla Reddy, who took a delegation of community elders to New Delhi last week to represent the matter to the Centre.

The Church built in 1847, which now comes under the auspices of Church of South India (CSI), used to have Anglican tradition of worship before the country won its Independence. It was recently renovated as it is also a heritage building which comes under the Medak Diocese of CSI.

“The Army cannot object to functioning of religious structures. They should respect the sentiments of believers. If the road gets closed permanently it will be a black mark not just on the freedom that the Constitution guarantees to practice one’s own religion. It will also deny the right of Minorities,” said Ms. Lazarus.

If the road gets closed permanently, it is not just the believers and the Church which will suffer as a school run by the mission too will be cut off from outsiders, Mr. Reddy, who has been holding negotiations with the Cantonment officials, said.

“The delegation took the matter to the notice of Centre this month and in New Delhi we received a positive response from the Defence Ministry. Mr. Parrikar has agreed to sort out the matter between May 16 and 20,” Mr. Reddy told The Hindu.

The Defence Minister, who will be in Hyderabad on official visit, is expected to sort Cantonment-Citizen issues that had cropped up in the recent past.

According the State Minorities Commission, the matter will soon be taken up for hearing. The Commission could issue notices to Cantonment authorities if it finds the blockage objectionable.

“If the matter has hurt religious sentiments of any community the Commission will act,” Commission Chairman Abid Rasool Khan assured the Christian delegation.

– the hindu

Enter Google AdSense Code Here

Speak Your Mind

Tell us what you're thinking...
and oh, if you want a pic to show with your comment, go get a gravatar!