Evangelical Fellowship of India News – November 13, 2010

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November 13, 2010 

Christian Youth Festival under Inspection in Chhattisgarh  

Hindu extremists from the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP or World Hindu Council) barged into a Christian Youth Festival and accused the organizers of forceful conversion.  

Our correspondent, Rev. Akhilesh Edgar reported that Vision India organized a Central India Youth Festival with about 900 youth in attendance. At about 4:30 p.m., the extremists entered the premises and started questioning the leaders about the meeting and accused the organizers of forceful conversion.  

Police reached the venue and a meeting was held between the Christian and VHP leaders, in the presence of the police officers. The Christian leaders explained that it was a regular youth meeting and no forceful conversion took place. However, police officers and VHP leaders surveyed the gathering and proceedings for some time.  

A compromise was reached where Christians were asked to submit the list of the participants. The situation continued to be tense till 10 p.m.  

The Christians submitted the participants list and the meeting was concluded under heavy police protection.   

Sunday Service Disrupted in Madhya Pradesh 

On 31 October in Neemuch, Madhya Pradesh, Hindu extremists allegedly from the Bajrang Dal barged into a worship meeting shouting Hindu slogans and accused the church of forceful conversion.  

Our correspondent Rev. Akhilesh Edgar reported that at about 10 'o clock in the morning, about 40 extremists rushed into the church shouting "Jai Shri Ram". Rev. K.Abraham, who was leading the service, pleaded with them to come back after the service to make their query. The extremists loitered for sometimes and went out shouting the same slogans.  

As the service got over, the radicals rushed to Rev. K Abraham and said the church is converting people to Christian faith by paying money to people and that even a vernacular news paper "Pupils Samachar" published the news.  

The Christians claimed that the report in the news came after Rev. Abraham, Principal of United Alpha English School refused to beam out an advertisement in the news paper.  

Thereafter, the extremists grabbed a lady in the congregation who had a Bindi 'Dot' on her forehead and alleged that she was lured to Christianity from Hindu religion and questioned the woman on why she is attending the service. The woman questioned them back and charged, "Where were you people when I was demon possessed, you didn't come to help me but when I came to the church in God's presence, these people prayed for me and helped me to get deliverance".   

Christians brutally attacked in Karnataka  

On 6 October in Beridigere, Davanagere, Karnataka, a Christian convert family from Hindu were assaulted because of their faith in Jesus Christ.  

Our correspondent reported that in an apparently pre-planned attack, an elderly woman, Gauri Bai, went to the house of one Christian family and pick up a quarrel with them.  

At that time, two siblings Ramesh and Laitha Naik were at their house when Bai started shouting and screaming for help. Suddenly about 20 Hindu extremists entered the house and started assaulting the Christians.  

They dragged Ramesh Naik out to the street, tied him to a pole, beat him up and poured liquor into his mouth and all over his body. Somehow, his sister Laititha Naik managed to escape and called up her mother. Late in the evening, at about 8.30 pm, the extremists pelted stones to their house and about 70 people forcibly entered their house and began attacking them with sickles, stones and sticks.  

Their mother and the two brothers, Ramesh a Santhosh managed to escape in the darkness, while the two victims, the sister Lalitha Bai, and her younger brother Suresh Naik, started bleeding profusely and lost their consciousness.  

The attackers continued to vandalize the entire house with huge boulders including the 3 doors and the tiled roof. The unconscious victims with head injuries and cuts all over their bodies received treatment in a government hospital.  

The police from the Haluvagalu Police Station have arrested 15 persons in this connection.   

An appeal to write to authorities 

 As concerned people, kindly write to the Chief Minister of Karnataka, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, appealing to him 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 Shivraj Singh Chouhan
Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh  

(O) Tel: (755) 2551581 ; 2551433
(O) Fax: (755) 2551781 ; 2540501
Email: [email protected]   

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 80 22254102 ; 22253555
Fax: +91 80 22258150
Email: [email protected]  

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

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