EFI News: Christians in South India Continue to Face Attack

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February 05, 2010

St. Mathias Church vandalized in Karnataka

Hindu extremists vandalized a church leaving rubbles behind on February 4 in Mandhya , Karnataka.

Our correspondent reported that a group of unconstitutional elements at about 2:30 a.m. broke open the church’s main door of the 60 year old St Mathias Church and went on a rampage.

Destroying the main door and windows, the extremists forced themselves into the church, desecrated the church cross, defiled the Blessed Sacrament and damaged church’s facilities including musical instruments.

The church leaders filed a police complaint at Mahavalli police station. Police investigation is underway.

11 Tribal Christians jailed in Karnataka , India

Based on the complaint lodged by the Hindu extremists against the Christians of forceful conversion, Karnataka police arrested 11 tribal Christians including four women on February 1 in Thagadur, Kodagu, Karnataka.

The extremists accused the 11 Christians from the Beraka Gospel Church of 'forceful conversion', dragged them out from their homes and beat them up reported our correspondent, Rev. Noel Kotian.

Siddapur police arrived at the scene and took the believers to the station. The believers were questioned and allegedly tortured repeatedly by the police until they admit the false charges, according to reports.

Police charged the Christians under Section 149, 143, 295, 506 and 504 of the Indian Penal Code for unlawful assembly in prosecution of common object, punishment, defiling a place of worship with intent to insult other religion, intentional insult to breach peace and for criminal intimidation respectively.

The Christians were sent to Madikere district jail on February 2. With area Christian leaders’ help, the believers were released on bail on February 4.

Kindly pray for peace in the state and for the church members of Beraka Gospel Church .

Holy Cross demolished in Andhra Pradesh

Suspected Hindu extremists desecrated a Holy Cross on February 1 in Madiga Konda, Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh.

The 25 feet height Holy cross was put on January 23 with the permission of the local authorities. The dedication service of the Holy Cross was held on February 26.

The Hoy Cross was attacked apparently with a sharp –object leaving the Holy Cross severely disfigured. Munusur Police registered First Information Report (FIR) against the unidentified attackers.

Kindly pray for peace and religious tolerance in the state.

Pastor attacked in Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh

A mob of about 50 Hindu extremists on January 29 accused a pastor of forceful conversion and forced him to eat the food offered to Hindu idols in Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh.

According to an EFI correspondent Rev. Madhusudan Das that at about 9:30 p.m. Hindu extremists stopped pastor Satyam Yellasiri of Good Shepherd Community Church as he was returning from a Christian birthday celebration and accused him of forceful conversion.

The extremists forced him to eat the food (Prasad) offered to Hindu idols and threatened to beat him up when he refused to eat the food.

Police alerted by the extremists arrived on the spot and took the pastor to the police station detained the pastor for two hours at the station.

The police initially refused to take the Christian’s complaint against the attackers. But on the next day (January 30), with area Christian leaders intervention the police took the complaint.

The police claimed that they detained the pastor for safety measure and assured the Christians that immediate action will be taken against the attackers.

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