Evangelical Fellowship of India News, March 18, 2011

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March 18, 2011

Worship Meeting Disrupted in Raipur, Chhattisgarh

On 13 March in Raipur, Chattisgarh, Hindu extremists tried to stop the worship meeting of Church of Christ and accused Pastor Peter Singh of forceful conversion.

Our correspondent Rev. Akhilesh Edgar reported that about eight extremists accused Pastor Peter Singh of forceful conversion and asked him to come out of the church as he was leading the Sunday worship meeting. However, the church members did not allow the pastor to leave the church and hid him.

Thereafter, the members themselves went out from the church and told the extremists not to disturb the pastor. But the extremists refused to leave the church premises and started shouted anti-Christian slogans "that all Christians should leave the area, there is no place for Christians in the area and that the area is meant for Hindu people only."

Local people who live near the church came out as they heard the shouts of the extremists. They also defended the pastor and chased the extremists away.

A Christian Girl Abducted in Bharak , Orissa

On 25 February a Christian girl was abducted allegedly by Hindu extremists from Gokulpur village, Bharak District, Orissa,

As Sunemia Barik was returning home after attending the coaching classes from Tihidi, about 20 kms from Gokulpur village, she was allegedly stopped and forcibly kidnapped on the road by Khagewar Tarai and Brundaban Budhia who have joined hands with the local Hindu extremists, reported our correspondent Rev. Ashis Parida.

Pastor Barik went to the Tihidi Police Station at about 09.30 pm and filed a missing complaint, reported our correspondent. The following day, Pastor Barik learnt from local villagers that Khageswar had taken her to a Hindu temple of Goddess Kali and forcibly married her and then fled from the village, forcibly taking Sunemia with him, to some unknown place, reported our correspondent. Her cell phone has also gone dead, ever since that day.

Earlier in July 2010, Pastor Pravakar Barik submitted a complaint against these two boys in Tihidi Police Station, when the two boys have been eve-teasing his daughter Sunemia whenever she went to her college by a cycle.

Apart from resorting to the most vulgar language and obscene actions on the road, they also began threatening her through letters whenever Pastor Pravakar Barik was away from the house. On investigation the police had summoned the two boys and warned them not to disturb the girl in future. Thereafter, it was reported that the two boys begged the pastor in front of the villagers to forgive them for their misbehavior, and they also gave an undertaking that they will stop disturbing his daughter. It is alleged that the two boys joined hands with the local Hindu extremists and began conspiring a plot against Pastor Barik and his family, especially against his daughter.

There is no trace of Sunemia to this day. Pastor Barik is seeking all possible help to find her. Please pray for them.

Christian Burial Service Stopped in Khammam, Andhra Pradesh

On 5 March in Chintoor, Khammam, Andhra Pradesh, alleged Hindu extremists prevented a group of Koya tribal Christians to bury a dead in the local Christian cemetery and attacked them.

Our correspondent reported that Hindu extremists stopped the burial service of an unidentified follower of Christ and started beating about 20 Christians who were attending the funeral service, threatening them of dire consequences if they reported the matter to the police. Three Christians including one woman were badly bruised.

Local Christian leaders reported the matter to the police. A compromise took place between the Christians and the extremists. However, under pressure, the Christians cremated the body in their tribal manner.

An appeal to write to authorities

As concerned people, kindly write to the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Andhra Pradesh 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.

Dr. Raman Singh
Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh
Chief Minister Niwas, Raipur
Email: [email protected]

(O) Tel: (0771) 2221000 ; 2221001 ; 2331001
(O) Fax: (0771) 2221306
(R) Tel: (0771) 2331000

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

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

Shri Kiran Kumar Reddy
Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh
'C' Block, 6th Floor, AP Secretariat
Email: [email protected]

(O) Tel: (040) 23456698 ; 23455205
(O) Fax: (040) 23452498 ; 23454828

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