Church, statue vandalized in Karnataka’s Mysuru; police suspect theft

The vandalisation took place a day after Christmas | Picture: The News Minute

At around 6-7 pm on December 27, the church staff found the statue of baby Jesus damaged and money from the donation box missing.

Huneza Khan |

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NEW DELHI —  A church was allegedly vandalized in Karnataka by unknown attackers who damaged a statue of baby Jesus and stole money from the donation box on December 27, The News Minute reported.

The incident took place at St Mary’s Church in Periyapatna, about 85 kilometres from Mysuru city.

As per the report, police told reporters that the perpetrators broke the back door of the church to enter it. 

On Tuesday, at around 6-7 pm, church staff found the statue damaged and money from the box missing, the report said. 

Father John Paul of the church then filed a complaint with Periyapatna police, alleging damage to the baby Jesus statue and the theft.

Indian Express later reported that the area saw tension after news of the vandalisation spread.

Mysuru Superintendent of Police Seema Latkar told reporters that theft was the likely motive. Special teams are investigating the case, he said.

Perpetrators were also aware of the absence of church staff and the priest, police said, according to News Minute.

Huneza Khan is a student and a budding journalist from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. She tweets