October 23, 2009:
Hindu extremists disrupted a prayer meeting and attacked Christians including a child and woman, seriously injuring one pastor on the left ear on Oct 18 in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.
Our correspondent, Rev Madhusudan Das reported that about 15 extremists from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) barged into the prayer meeting conducted by Pastor Siluvai Kumar and two identified only as Pastor Philip and Pastor Timothy and beat them up, not even sparing an expecting woman and her child. They also seriously injured the left ear of Pastor Timothy.
The Hindu hardliners verbally abused the Christians of their faith, accused them of forceful conversion, tore and threw the Bible and destroyed the church faculty including musical instruments.
The extremists later dragged Pastor Timothy to Kukatpally police station and lodged a complaint against him, falsely accusing him of urinating at nearby temple idols.
With the intervention of the local Christian leaders, the police summoned the attackers to the police station where a compromise was reached between the two parties.
The police warned the extremists not to attack the Christians in future whereby the assailants were also made to apologized to the Christians.
Praise God for justice and kindly pray for peace and reconciliation among various faith communities in Andhra Pradesh.
Rev. Dr. Richard Howell
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