EFI NEWS Persecution Watch June 11, 2010

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June 11, 2010

Christian brutally assaulted in Orissa

Alleged Hindu extremists on June 8 brutally attacked a Christian and threatened to kill him in Nuapada, Orissa.

Our correspondent Bishawzit Pani reported that about 6 Hindu extremists armed with dagger and sticks forcefully entered the house of Bhakta Bivar (19) while his parents were out for a prayer meeting.

The extremists verbally abused Bivar for his faith, started beating him, took 4 Bibles and forcefully dragged him to the Hindu temple.

They urged him to deny Jesus while they continued to beat him, forcing Prasad (food offered to the idols) to him and threatening to kill him and his parents if they do not convert to Hinduism.

They burned the Bibles inside the temple and later pulled the boy out to the road and forcefully clad him with saffron colour cloth, falsely announcing that he has returned to Hinduism. The extremists left after they threatened to kill him and his family if they continue to believe in Christ as they are not allowing the existence of Christianity in the region.

Police complaint was lodged and 5 Hindu extremists were arrested and sent to Phawani Patna jail on the next day.

Three Christians attacked in Orissa

On June 9, Hindu extremists allegedly from the Bajrang Dal accused three Christians of forceful conversion and attacked them in Deogarh, Sambalpur, Orissa.

Our correspondent Akhilesh Edgar reported that the incident took place when Pastor Lamuel Panaik , Pastor N.Philemon and Sudhir Kumar were invited by Biranchi Kistotta to celebrate the healing of his son whom Pastor Panaik had prayed for some few days back.

The celebration was attended by people from all faith as Kiskotta and his family was also from Hindu religion. At about 12:30 p.m., 7 angry extremists accompanied by media personnel suddenly came to the house and called Pastor Patnaik to come outside. When the pastor refused, the extremists rushed in and forcefully pulled out the three Christians and manhandled them.

The extremists accused the Christians of forceful conversion and beat up Sudhir Kumar and manhandled the two pastors. Police arrived on the spot and questioned the people whether forceful conversion was going on. The people came forward saying that the Christians were innocent. However, the police took the three Christians to the police station for safely measures and arranged for their trip back home at 10:30 p.m.

No police complaint was lodged as the Christians chose to forgive the attackers.

Pastor arrested in Karnataka

Several persecution incidents of late in Karnataka witness the Hindu extremists raising false allegations against the Christians on the slimmest of pretexts and get police to make hurried arrests.

In a recent incident, the state police arrested Pastor Vasanthe Kathedar from New India Church (NIC) after Hindu extremists from Sri Rame Sena (Lord Rama Army) attacked Pastor Vasanthe Kathedar and accused him of creating communal disharmony and disrupting the peace on June 9 in Okkere, Belgaum.

Our correspondent Rev. Noel Kotian, reported that the incident took place at the house of the NIC member where the Christians were having a prayer meeting. The pastor was assaulted by the extremists for about an hour.

The police arrived on the spot and took Pastor Kathedar to the station and then arrested him under Section 110 of the Indian Penal Code for punishment of abetment if person abetted does act with different intention from that of abettor.

Another Arrests in Karnataka

Karnataka police on June 7 arrested two Christian women after Hindu extremists allegedly from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh disrupted the Sunday worship meeting in Bovi Colony, Chickmagalur, Karnataka.

According to our correspondent, the extremists barged into the worship service of Jesus prayer team and accused Pastor Lalathamma and one church member Kadaur Devaki of creating communal disharmony and disrupting the peace.

Police who soon arrived on the spot arrested the two women under 295 (A) of the Indian Penal Code for deliberate and malicious acts to outrage religious feelings and were sent to Hassan Jail.

Kindly pray for peace and religious tolerance in Karnataka.

An appeal to write to authorities

As concerned people, kindly write to the Chief Minister of Karnataka and Orissa 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 B. S. Yediyurappa
Chief Minister of Karnataka

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

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

Tel: + 91 80 22254102 ; 22253555
Fax: +91 80 22258150

Email: [email protected]

Shri Navin Patnaik
Chief Minister of Orissa
Naveen Nivas, Aerodrome Road, P.O. Bhubaneswar
Distt. Khurda, Pin - 751 001 (Orissa)
Email: [email protected]

(O) Tel: (0674) 2531100 ; 2535100 ; 2531500
(O) Fax: (0674) 2400100
(R) Tel: (0674) 2590299

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