The Archdiocese of Bangalore had already faced opposition from Hindu nationalists over a Christ statue this calendar year.
In January, work began on a statue that would be nearly 100 feet tall, but Hindu groups have objected, saying one of their gods lives on the hill designated for the project.
The hilltop where the statue is to be built is owned by the Bangalore archdiocese.
The BJP came to power in India in 2014, and strengthened its majority in the 2019 general election.
According to the 2019 report from the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, "religious freedom conditions in India continued a downward trend" in 2018.
The commission said India's "history of religious freedom has come under attack in recent years with the growth of exclusionary extremist narratives-including, at times, the government's allowance and encouragement of mob violence against religious minorities-that have facilitated an egregious and ongoing campaign of violence, intimidation, and harassment against non-Hindu and lower-caste Hindu minorities. Both public and private actors have engaged in this campaign."
Some state governments in the country have anti-conversion laws meant to bolster Hinduism.
"In 2018, approximately one-third of state governments increasingly enforced anti-conversion and/or anti-cow slaughter laws discriminatorily against non-Hindus and Dalits alike," the commission stated.
"Mob violence was also carried out against Christians under accusations of forced or induced religious conversion. In cases involving mobs killing an individual based on false accusations of cow slaughter or forced conversion, police investigations and prosecutions often were not adequately pursued."