EFI News Persecution Watch, February 2, 2011

General February 2, 2011

February 2, 2011

65 year old Christian assaulted in Rajasthan

Alleged Hindu extremists on 1 February attacked Evangelist Harish Ninama (65), stripped him of his clothes and paraded him naked in Chikli, Peepal Khoont, Rajasthan.

Our correspondent reported that the extremists attack Evangelist Nimana while he was praying for a sick girl, stripped him of his clothes and led him in a procession. The extremists crushed his mobile and stole his money.

Police sent the pastor for a medical checkup in Samudayik Swastha Kendra Hospital. According to the medical report, the Christian sustained four injuries on his body.

Bhagawat Singh, Area Sub- Inspector informed EFI that a Daily Diary had been registered and police investigation is going on.


Christians attacked in Chhattisgarh


On 16 January in Odisa, Konta Chhattisgarh, Hindu extremists allegedly from the Bajrang Dal beat up Christians amid their prayer meeting and seriously injured them.

Our correspondent Rev. Akhilesh Edgar reported that about 15 Christians from Konta Independent Church were having a prayer meeting when a group of extremists barged in, verbally abused them for following Christ and thrashed them up.

Most of the believers are Christian converts from Hinduism and from a tribal background, reported our correspondent. The Christians received injuries on their heads, hands, legs and backs and received hospital treatment. Area Christian’s leaders are taking steps to solve the problems.



Pastors beaten up in Karnataka


On 25 January, alleged Hindu extremists led by area Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s leader stopped the prayer meeting of Evangelical Church of India and beat up the Christians and filed a police compliant against them of forceful conversion in Gangavati Taluk, Koppal, Karnataka.

Our correspondent reported that a group of extremists led by Purushotham barged into a prayer meeting conducted by Pastor Harris and Ravi Kumar, locked them inside a room and started beating them.

The extremists alerted the police and filed a complaint against the Christians of forceful conversion. The Christians were detained in Ganagavati police station for three hours. Police investigation is underway.


Prayer meeting disrupted in Karnataka

Alleged Hindu extremists on 23 January disrupted a Christian prayer meeting and took their Bibles in Hirekerur, Haveri, Karnataka.

Our correspondent reported that an angry mob of 50 people barged into the Sunday prayer meeting conducted by Pastor Suresh from Christ’s Discipleship Prayer Fellowship Church, verbally abused the Christians for their faith in Christ and forcefully took Bibles from them.

Police reached the spot and took some Christians to the police station for questioning. The Christian were released without charges after they were forced to put down in writing that they will not conduct prayer meetings in villagers homes.


An appeal to write to authorities


As concerned people, kindly write to the Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Karnataka, appealing to them to safe guard the rights of the minority communities and to give protection to churches against attacks and to take immediate action against the perpetrators of violence.


Dr. Raman Singh
Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh
Chief Minister Niwas, Raipur
Email: cm@cg.nic.in

(O) Tel: (0771) 2221000 ; 2221001 ; 2331001
(O) Fax: (0771) 2221306
(R) Tel: (0771) 2331000



Shri Ashok Gehlot,
Chief Minister of Rajasthan

(O) Tel: (0141) 2227656
(O) Fax: (0141) 2227687
(R) Tel: (0141) 2228712 ; 5125333
(R) Fax: (0141) 2228705


Shri B. S. Yediyurappa
Chief Minister of Karnataka

(O) Tel: +91 080 22253414 ; 22253424
(O) Fax: +91 080 22281021 ; 22253660
E-mail: cm@kar.nic.in


Shri Hans Raj Bhardwaj   
Governor of Karnataka
Raj Bhavan Road,
Bangalore - 560 001

Tel: + 91 080 22254102 ; 22253555
Fax: +91 080 22258150

Email: rbblr@vsnl.com


Issued By:
Rev. Dr. Richard Howell,
General Secretary
Evangelical Fellowship of India
New Delhi, India

Evangelical Fellowship of India (established 1951) is a charter member of World Evangelical Alliance, an accredited NGO with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations