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Hindu Militants Attack India Evangelicals; Several Injured

Friday, December 30, 2011 (11:14 pm)
 
By BosNewsLife Southeast Asia Correspondent Santosh Digal reporting from India

Hindu militants have attacked devoted Christians in several parts of India, including in Karnataka state, rights activists say,



BANGALORE, INDIA (BosNewsLife)-- Hindu militants twice attacked evangelical Christians in India's southern state of Karnataka, injuring several believers, including women and children, Christians told BosNewsLife Friday, December 30.

In the bloodiest incident, on Christmas Day, an angry Hindu mob of 20 persons raided a home where several believers gathered for dinner, including pastor Suresh of the local New Life Church congregation in Surathkal town, and his family, local residents added.

Christians said Hindu's entered the house of Adiveppa Kashennavar armed with “big stones, sticks and clubs, shouting abusive slogans.” They were “assaulting all of them, including women and children, hitting them and causing severe injuries to their head and chest.”

Pastor Suresh, who uses only one name, was allegedly beaten with clubs while trying to rescue others. His wife, Latha, was seriously injured after being beaten on her chest with a wooden club, according to witnesses.

Additionally two other persons, identified as Annamma and Roshini, received head injuries when they were attacked while another Christian, Jason, reportedly fractured his leg after being hit with a club . Deepak, who also attended the gathering, injured his face and nose after he was beaten by extremists, Christians said.

Wen they left, the Hindu's were heard shouting that they “would kill the Christians,” according to residents.

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It was not immediately clear which group was responsible for the reported December 25 violence, but several Hindu groups have openly criticized the spread of Christianity in India.

Police officials were reportedly reluctant to investigate case, asking injured Christians “How many rupees”, the Indian currency, “were paid to them for their conversion.”

Local Christian Walter Maben said local police seemed to support the attackers as “nobody has been arrested and the Christians are being questioned about their religious conversion."

In a separate incident, Thursday, December 28, about ten suspected Hindu militants stormed the Hebron Full Gospel Assembly Church, in the town of Haleyangadi, shouting threats and saying they would “not let the church continue at the place,” believers said.

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The incident reportedly happened while the pastor’s wife, his two children, his mother, brother-in-law and a friend were praying inside the prayer hall.

Christians said the attackers smashed windows of the prayer hall and later entered the pastor’s home where they destroyed “the lights and window panes in the [main] room.” The intruders also broke the refrigerator, overturning utensils in which the family meal had been prepared, before they finally left.

Pastor I. D. Prasanna , was not at home at the time of the incident. Police have not yet launched an investigation into the incident, Christians said. Officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

The reported incidents were the latest in a series of attacks against devoted Christians in India, who comprise just over two percent of the country's mainly Hindu population of over nearly 1.2 billion people.

 

By BosNewsLife Southeast Asia Correspondent Santosh Digal reporting from India

BANGALORE, INDIA (BosNewsLife)-- Hindu militants twice attacked evangelical Christians in India's southern state of Karnataka, injuring several believers, including women and children, Christians told BosNewsLife Friday, December 30.

 

2 Responses to “Hindu Militants Attack India Evangelicals; Several Injured”

  1. A. S. Mathew Says:

    The State of Karnataka with 4% Christian population had zero attacks on them until the
    BJP came into power. It was started in 2008 like a daily event, but considerably
    reduced in recent times. God will deal with the BJP for indirectly motivating the anti-Christian forces to attack the innocent and defenseless Christians who are praying in the
    Church and homes. The current Chief Minister took the role to withdraw all the
    fake cases charged against the Christian youths. The christians around the world are
    requested to pray for the minority Christians in India to have their freedom to worship without
    fear.

  2. Marlene Wilkinson Says:

    I’m hearing you. I will pray and do what I can to spread this information. God be with you all.

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