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Karnataka: Mysuru Church ransacked days after Christmas, infant Jesus idol damaged

A church was allegedly vandalized by some unidentified miscreants in Periyapatna, Mysuru. Several items kept in the church, including the idol of Baby Jesus, were found damaged. Mysuru SP Seema Latkar said that we have formed a team to nab the culprits.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Mysuru: Just days after Christmas, a church was vandalized in Karnataka’s Mysuru’s Periyapatna, a statue of baby Jesus was found damaged, apart from several other items kept in the church, sources reported. Several police teams have been formed to search for the absconding accused. Police is also scanning the footage of CCTV cameras installed in the church premises to identify the accused. An employee of the church immediately informed a priest after seeing the vandalism at 6 pm on Tuesday.

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Police said the attackers broke open the back door to enter the church. Informing about the case, Seema Latkar, Superintendent of Police, Mysuru said, “We are looking for clues from the CCTV footage recorded by nearby cameras. Prima facie it appears to be a theft as they fled with the money.” And have also taken a collection box kept outside the church.”

Several churches and Christian missionaries have faced the wrath of some religious and political organizations in the past few months over allegations of forced conversions. Last Friday, a group of men armed with sticks attacked a Christmas event in Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand, alleging that forced conversions were taking place there. While in Uttar Pradesh, two people were arrested on Monday for allegedly converting people to Christianity.

Karnataka passed an anti-conversion bill earlier this year that provides for “conversion from one religion to another by misrepresentation, force, undue influence, coercion, allurement or by any fraud or by any of these means or by the promise of marriage.” Prohibits “by practice” conversion. ,

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