EFI News Persecution Watch, December 9, 2010

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December 9, 2010

Christian family boycotted in West Bengal

On Nov 28 in Natungram, Murshidabad, West Bengal, alleged Muslims radical boycotted a convert Christian woman from Islam and threaten to impose a fine on her if she continues to follow Jesus Christ.

Our correspondent reported that Chanda Babi and her family, who is running a milk business, accepted Christ as their Savior and Lord on February this year. The radicals for the last few months were pestering the Christian family and threatened them not to attend the church services or face dire consequence. They also urged Babi's family to isolate themselves from all the neighbors.

However, Babi and her family continues to follow Christ, the Muslim radicals on Nov 28 ordered the villagers not to buy milk from Babi and ordered shopkeepers not to sell anything to her. They further threatened Babi that they will impose a huge fine if her family continues to believe in Christ.

Please pray for peace as the area has been witnessing several anti-Christian incidents for the past two years.

Pastor assaulted in Uttrakhand

Uttrakhand Police on Nov 9 arrested a pastor  on false charge of 'forceful conversion' and threatened to harm his life in village Ravli mehdud, Haridwar.

Our correspondent reported that police officers barged into the prayer meeting conducted by Pastor Manoj Kumar of the Indian Pentecostal Assemblies and forcefully took him and two church members. It was also alleged that the police continued assaulting the pastor, threatened to harm his life and made derogatory remarks against Jesus Christ and Christian's community.

After the intervention of the area Christian leaders, the police released the pastor without charges.

Please pray for justice and peace in the area.

Church demolished in Karnataka

On 5 December in Kengeri, Bangalore,alleged Hindu extremists pressurized the Slum Board administrative to demolished Gypsy Prayer Church.

Our correspondent reported that the extremists barged into the prayer hall and disrupted the prayer meeting conducted by Pastor Rajesh. They filed a complaint against the Christians to the Slum Board committee and pressured them to issue an order to get the church demolished

Under pressured, the board subsequently issued an order to demolish the church.

Christians arrested in Karnataka

Karnataka police arrested four Christians after alleged Hindu extremists from the Bajrang Dal disrupted their prayer meeting, verbally abused them for their faith and dragged them to the police station on 5 December in Basavanagudi, Shimago.

Our correspondent reported that a mob of about 25 Bajrang Dal barged into prayer meeting attended by the Immanuel Church elder Kamalamma  and her three children Choudamma, Parvathi and Chandru.

As the Christians started praying, a group of about 25 Bajranga Dal activists suddenly barged in, pounced upon them and dragged them to the Vinobanagara Police Station accusing them of forceful conversion.

The Christians were charged under Sections 153-A and 298 of the Indian Penal Code and were sent to Distrcit Shimago Jail later that day.

Please pray for peace and religious tolerance in Karnataka.

Christian lady threatened in Karnataka

On 2 Decemberi in Hova Maru, near Banglalore, a mob of about 20 alleged Hindu extremists led by Majunath threatened to rape a Christian convert woman if she did not convert back to Hinduism.

Our correspondent reported that the Hindu extremists confronted a convert Christian lady identified only as Vijayalakshmi, called her a pagan saying that they would teach her a lesson.

It was reported that the extremists verbally abuse and threatened her that they would stop at nothing short of raping her one of these days.

Later the enraged extremists shouting anti- Christian slogan went near the church premises and started threatening the pastor and church members to stop following Christ or face dire consequences.

The Christian reported the matter to the police but no actions has been taken at press time.

An appeal to write to authorities

As concerned people, kindly write to the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Uttrakhand 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.

Shri Buddhadev Bhattacharya
Chief Minister of West Bengal
Writers Building, Kolkata - 700 001
Email: [email protected]

(O) Tel: (33) 22145555; 22145588
(O) Fax: (33) 22145480

Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal
Chief Minister of Uttrakhand
Chief Minister Niwas, Circuit House,
Old Annexe, Cantt. Road, Dehradun 248001
Email: [email protected]

(O) Tel: (0135) 2712636 ; 2665090
(O) Fax: (0135) 2665722
(R) : (0135) 2531533 ; 2755101

Shri B. S. Yediyurappa
Chief Minister of Karnataka

(O) Tel: +91 080 22253414 ; 22253424
(O) Fax: +91 080 22281021 ; 22253660
E-mail: [email protected]

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

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

Email: [email protected]

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