Monday, December 26, 2016

Kashmir's Christian Community Keeps X'mas a Low-key Affair

On the ground stand in solidarity with the victims of disruption, Kashmir's Christian community on Sunday won the hearts of the majority Muslim community by keeping Christmas celebrations a low-key affair Unlike past, the churches were not decorated, and Carol singing was missing too. Churches had deliberately done away with the decorative exterior lighting.

Kashmir's Christian Community Keeps X'mas a Low-key Affair

Same as the customary Santa was missing in the churches and congregations as a mark of respect for the multitude who suffered during five months of disruption in Kashmir.

"A lot of people have suffered, Many has gone, Many is still mourning the death of their loved ones, that is why Kashmir did celebrate Christmas with simplicity this year," Shami Joseph, an official at the Holy Family Catholic Church, told DNA.

More than 98 people have been killed and over 13,000 people injured in the disruption which began after the killing of Hizbul Mujhadeen poster boy Burhan Wani on July 8.

Over 1,100 people mostly teenagers had suffered injuries in their eyes when security forces fired pellets to quell the violent mobs across Kashmir. Over 5000 persons have been arrested of whom 500 detained under Public Safety Act, under which a person can be jailed without trial and bail up to two years.

“So many of our brothers and sisters suffered due to the disruption. We focused on the spiritual aspect of the celebration rather than the external aspects,” said Father Roy Mathews of Holy Family Catholic Church.

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