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Officials barged in and stopped special service being held on public land in Tamil Nadu

Indian nuns 'manhandled' at Good Friday service

Police arriving to stop Good Friday ceremonies of a parish in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Officials disrupted the services of the Dalit Catholics on the grounds that they had no permission to hold such services on the public hillock, a government owned property. (Photo supplied)

ucanews.com reporter, Chennai
India

April 17, 2017

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Police and local civic officials forcibly stopped a Good Friday service being held on public land in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

"Government officials stopped the service midway, pulled down the altar and manhandled nuns," Father Masiladaikalam Jacob, pastor of Sogandi Parish where the April 14 incident took place, told ucanews.com. The parish comes under Chingleput Diocese. 

Eye-witnesses said that the offending officials, including police, were led by the sub-district's revenue officer.

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