Kalyan diocese Pune carol singers attacked brutally

December 27, 2011 by  
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Pune Carol SingersPune, December 17, 2011: An eparchy of Kalyan Syrian rite parish in Pune had its Carol singing group attacked on 17 December, 2011 as they moved from house to house. A complaint was registered with the Hadapsar police station in the area. The carol singing group was attacked and inhumanly beaten up by a small group of youngsters. The attackers used hockey sticks and cricket bats. They pushed them on ground and kicked them brutally on chest, stomach and other parts of the body. They broke the hands of two of parishners, who had to be operated in the hospital. There was a possibility of even murder, if the other members of the group had not blocked the attackers. In spite of continued pleas from the women and children in the group, the attackers did not heed, but only threatened them. The Christians now pray that the attackers are treated strictly according to the provisions of the law, so that such instances are not repeated in the future. We forgive the attackers but condemn such actions, which causes untold misery for the victims and also vitiates the atmosphere and social fabric, which needs to be dealt with effectively.

– fr. francis eluvathingal

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