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Church dismantled in Manipur
Published on 19 Dec. 2008 12:16 AM IST
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A church building and the house of a pastor were reportedly dismantled while the pastor, his wife and children were also beaten up by miscreants in the heart of Imphal city, Manipur, on December 14 night, reports news portal News Blaze. The village council ordered unconstitutional notice to Christian minorities living amongst tribal community not to practice their faith. As reported to All India Christian Council (AICC) by Kaphun Kamei who is a Christian resident of Chingmeirong Kabui village (outskirt Imphal city), on December 14 at around 8 p.m, a mob numbering one hundred from the same village attacked the church building constructed in his own plot. The mob first pelted stones and then dismantled the building. The matter was reported to the Lamphel police station and later police arrested two of the culprits. “My home along with church building in my compound is destroyed by the mob and police did not protect me and my family though my village is just within the greater Imphal jurisdiction,” Kaphun told AICC. The Village Council had earlier served an “unconstitutional notice” to Christian minorities living amongst tribal community not to practice their faith. Ms. Panti Gonmei, a church activist said, “Kabui Christians numbering about five families in Chingmeirong Kabui village suffer at the hands of majority Kabui tribe community under their unconstitutional village rule and regulation.” A notice board put up in the village gate in Manipuri read: “No Christian activities and propagation within Chingmeirong Kabui village Ward No. 173, any living person violating this order will be punished under the rules and regulation of the village council - By Order Village Council/Village Chief, Chingmeirong.” The Delhi-based human rights activist and spokes person of North East Support Centre & Helpline and Regional Secretary of AICC, Madhu Chandra said, “The Village Council Order of Chingmeirong Kabui village is unconstitutional and no rule and regulation of any body or village council can not go beyond Indian constitutional frame.” “A memorandum of appeal addressed to Chief Secretary of Manipur Government along with copies to National Commission for Minorities and National Commission for Human Rights is sent to book the village council for the crime of unconstitutional order to Christian minorities of the village,” Chandra said.

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