Evangelical Fellowship of India News Persecution Watch, April 13, 2011

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1. Christians attacked in Delhi, the Capital of India
2. Three Christians arrested in Sagar, Madhya Pradesh
3. Five Christians arrested in Karnataka
4. Christians attacked in Kerala
5. An Appeal to the Authorities

April 13, 2011

Christians attacked in Delhi, the Capital of India

In an apparently pre-planned  incident, an angry mob of about 150 people primarily Hindu extremists attacked a Christian worship meeting and beat up Christians including children and women on April 9 in Bhajanpura, on the East of New Delhi.

According to information reaching EFI, Assembly of God Church organized an open air worship meeting entitled 'Festival of Deliverance' with pastor Solomon King as the speaker. "There were about 150 people in the arena when I arrived at 5:30 p .m. with 40 choir members" reported Pastor Solomon King. These people turned out to be the Hindu extremists only and it is obvious that they have carefully planned out the attacks, he added.

The meeting started at 6 p.m. with one song when suddenly some people in the meeting started shouting slogans 'Jai Shri Ram' 'Jai Bagrang Dal' beat up the Christians including children, women with sticks and big stones.

Two Christians identified only as Prabhu and Abhisek sustained head injuries and received hospital treatment. Pastor Solomon King, his wife and other Christians also received bruises all over their bodies. The extremists also destroyed church furniture, sound system, generator and some Christians' vehicles.

Prior to the meeting, the Christians took permission from the government officials to conduct the worship meeting and five constables were on duty to give the Christians protection. Sadly the five constables were also badly beaten up by the extremists.

Speaking on the incident, Advocacy Director of EFI, Mrs. Tehmina Arora said "An attack like this in the capital of the country is an example of the how emboldened this miscreant groups feel. The police's swift and appropriate action alone will ensure such acts are not repeated in the future."

The attack lasted for about an hour and the extremists dispersed in fear when dozens policemen arrived on the spot. Two extremists have been arrested.

Three Christians arrested in Sagar, Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh police arrested three Christians after the Hindu extremists disrupted their prayer meeting and accused them of forceful conversion on April 7 in Sagar district.

The incident took place at about 7:30 p.m when an angry mob of Hindu extremists barged into the prayer meeting of Christian Assembly church shouting anti-Christian slogans and filed a police complaint against the Christians of forceful conversion, reported our correspondent W. P. Sonwani.

The police arrived at the spot and took Pastor Philip, his son Jason Philip and a new Christian convert Sita Ram to the station for questioning. The believers were detained in the police station for the whole night.

The next day, the Christians were produced before the magistrate and they were charged under Sections 151 & 109 of the Indian Penal Code. Thereafter, they were sent to the central jail. After the intervention of the area Christian leaders, the Christians were released on bail on April 9.

Five Christians arrested in Karnataka

Karnataka Police on April 1 arrested five Christians after Hindu nationalists registered false complaints of "conversion" against them in Kodihalli, Bangalore.

Our correspondent reported that Christians identified only as Vincent, Johnson, Satyan and Naveenand Vinod were at a prayer and fellowship meeting in the home of one believer when area Hindu extremists led by a person identified only Prashanth stormed the house, accused them of forceful conversion and forced them to the Kodihalli police station.

The angry Hindu extremists shouted anti-Christian rants along the way, and that police were mute spectators as the extremists mocked the Christians at the police station. Police charged the Christians with “deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious

The Christians were released on bail on April 3.

Christians attacked in Kerala

On March 31 on Kara Beach Road, Kodungallur, Kerala, Hindu extremists attacked Pastor N.V. Eliyas and Pastor Milton George of New India Church of God as they were returning home with their families from a house dedication prayer service.

The extremists shouted slogans against the Christians as they accused them of "forceful conversions", reported our correspondent. The Hindu extremists damaged the Christians' vehicles.

Pastor Eliyas sustained injuries on his head and ear and was rushed to the Kodungallur Government Hospital. Police arrested 35 Hindu extremists who were involved in the incident.

An Appeal to write to Authorities

As concerned people, kindly write to the Chief Minister of Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala 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.

Smt. Sheila Dikshit

Chief Minister of Delhi
3, Motilal Nehru Marg,
New Delhi - 110011
Email: [email protected]

(O) Tel: (011) 23392020; 23392030
(O) Fax: (011) 23392111
(R) Tel: (011) 23018716 ; 23018717
(R) Fax: (011) 23018733

Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh

(O) Tel: (755) 2551581 ; 2551433
(O) Fax: (755) 2551781 ; 2540501

Email: [email protected]

Shri V S Achutanandan
Chief Minister of Kerala
Cliff House, Nanthancode, Thiruvananthapuram
Email: [email protected]

(O) Tel: (0471) 2333812 ; 2332148
(O) Fax: (0471) 2333489
(R) Tel: (0471) 2314853 ; 2318406

Shri B. S. Yediyurappa
Chief Minister of Karnataka

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