EFI News: Persecution report from three states of India

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October 1, 2009

Pastor beaten and accused of forceful conversion

Jammu and Kashmir Police detained Pastor Salamat Masih and three others on false charges of forceful conversion on Sept. 17 in Hira Nagar.

Hindu extremists allegedly from the Shiv Sena (Religious Army) beat the pastor and falsely accused him of offering rupees 10,000 to each of three converts from Hinduism about to be baptized, reported our correspondent.

Police arrived and took the pastor and the three others to the police station, keeping them in custody for two days as a safety measure as local people incited by the extremists were eager to attack them.

No case was filed against the pastor after the intervention of local Christian leaders.

Pastor brutally attacked in Andhra Pradesh

Hindu extremists allegedly from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and Shiv Sena (Religious Army) on September 10 attacked a pastor identified only as Ramanjaniah, accused him of cheating people, of forceful conversion, then beat him, and paraded him on the street in Tumkur, Karnataka.

The pastor was conducting a prayer meeting at a Christian’s house when the intolerant Hindus stormed into the house and assaulted him, reported our correspondent, Rev. Noel Kotian

They tore a Bible and beat, punched and kicked the pastor and keep beating him as they marched him about one kilometer. The pastor received hospital treatment for fractures in his face and leg.

The extremists pressured police to restrain the pastor from future preaching, but officers only requested the pastor to inform them before he conducts worship meeting in future. They promised police protection should the need arise.

Praise God for favor from the police and kindly continue to pray for the safety of Christians in Karnataka which recorded the highest number of attacks on Christian in India during the first nine months of this year.

Christians workers fled to Jungle in Rajasthan

About 30 Hindu extremists on September 4 assaulted two Christian workers from Gospel for Asia and chased them into the jungle near Banswada.

EFI correspondent reported that the extremists waylaid the two Christians as they were returning from a prayer meeting and mercilessly beat and verbally abused them. The Christians fled and hid in the nearby forest.

A Christian search team found the duo at midnight and gave them shelter. Church representative said their names could not be disclosed for security reasons.

Pray for all the Gospel for Asia workers in India, for strength, health and striving ministries.

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