|India||HINDU GROUP THREATENS TO INSTALL IDOLS INSIDE CHURCH|
Christians in southern India view a Hindu group's threat to install idols in churches as part of a strategy to take over Church property.
Bishop Joseph Roy of Mysore received a letter allegedly written by the Bajrang Dal (BD, party of the monkey god) threatening to build temples inside St. Joseph's Cathedral and other churches.
The Hindu group said in a letter earlier this month that it will also install idols of Ganesh, a Hindu god with an elephant trunk, on 14 April, New Year's day in Mysore and other parts of Karnataka state.
The handwritten letter is part of a systematic strategy to "uproot Christians in the region by misusing" people's religious sentiments, Bishop Roy told UCA News.
Two years ago, Hindu militants attacked some Church schools in the diocese for not following Hindu customs and last year billboards in Mysore branded missioners as anti-national.