India: Hindu extremists protest 114 foot tall Jesus statue amid escalating persecution

By The Christian Post

Christians in India are seeking to erect the nation’s tallest statue of Jesus despite objections by Hindi groups who say one of their gods lives on the hill designated for the project. | YouTube/Screengrab

Hundreds of hardline Hindus gathered to protest a planned Jesus statue that will rival Rio de Janeiro's "Christ The Redeemer" for its size, claiming the structure will go “against the spirit of communal harmony.”

On Monday, members of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the hardline parent organization of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party, staged protests in the southern state of Karnataka's Ramanagara district, the Times of India reports.

Carrying saffron flags as around 1,000 police stood by, protesters demanded that the state government reverse its decision to allot land for the proposed 114 foot Jesus statue or face further demonstrations. 

Source:The Christian Post