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Christians take out candlelight march

Silent protest: Christians taking out a candlelight procession at Hinkal near Mysore on Monday.

Silent protest: Christians taking out a candlelight procession at Hinkal near Mysore on Monday.   | Photo Credit: — PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

Special Correspondent

More than 300 people from Hinkal, Hebbal, Vijayanagar take part in the procession

MYSORE: A candlelight procession was taken out in Hinkal near Mysore to protest against the desecration of the Holy Family Church in the early hours of Monday. The statue of Mother Mary was found broken into pieces.

The procession was led by Bishop of Mysore Joseph Vazhapilly and parish priest Marie Joseph and other leaders of the community. More than 300 people from Hinkal, Hebbal, Vijayanagar and surrounding areas took part in the procession.

Prayers

With prayers on their lips, the participants marched from the church premises along Hunsur Main Road till the Ring Road and back to the church.

Security had been beefed up near the church though there was no tension in the locality.

‘Shock’

Pushpa, a daily visitor to the church, said that the incident had come as a shock. She suspected it to be the handiwork of “outside elements”. She said that even Hindus participated in festivals such as Christmas, offered candles and presented saris to Mother Mary at the church. Similar sentiments were expressed by S. Ambrose, a member of the Parish Council and a resident of Hebbal. He said there were about 250 Roman Catholic families in the area who enjoyed a cordial relationship with the majority of the Hindus, some of whom visited the church on special occasions and offered prayers.

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