Evangelical Fellowship of India News Persecution Watch, December 29, 2011

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Dec 29, 2011

We request prayer that the church would continue to serve the nation inspite of innumerable suffering and pray also for those who are persecuting that they may experience the love of God.

Christmas-time attacks against Christians in Karnataka  

In two separate incidents, Christians in the southern state of Karnataka suffered violent attacks at the hands of Hindu extremists groups.

In the first incident, allegedly a mob of 20 persons on 25th December at about 8:30 pm., forcibly entered the house of one Adiveppa Kashennavar, where pastor Suresh, of New Life Church, Surathkal along with his family and a few other believers were invited for a Christmas dinner meal.

The mob entered the house with big stones/sticks/clubs in their hands shouting abusive language and started assaulting all of them, including women and children, hitting them causing severe injuries to the head and chest.

One person, identified only as Jason, was hit with a club resulting in his leg being fractured. Another Christian identified as Deepak was hit in the face and his nose began to bleed.

The pastor’s wife Latha was hit on her chest with wooden club and was wounded severely. Two other persons identified as Annamma and Roshini were also hit and were wounded on the head. Several others were also badly assaulted. The pastor was also beaten with clubs while trying to rescue others. The mob left the place shouting that they would kill the Christians.

Though a police complaint was registered in the present case, the police official who came to investigate the incident, later allegedly was questioning the injured about when they become Christians and how many lakhs of rupees were paid to them for their conversion.

Shocked by the police behavior, Walter Maben told EFI, "The police are hand in glove with the attackers, no one has been arrested and the Christians are being questioned about their religious conversion."

In a separate incident, on 28th December, 2011 at about 8.20 p.m., about ten persons entered the Hebron Full Gospel Assembly Church, situated at Haleyangadi, on the Mangalore-Udupi Highway and damaged the premises while the pastor
s wife, his two children and his mother, his brother-in-law and one more family friend were praying inside the prayer hall.

The attackers first broke all the windows panes of the prayer hall and then entered the kitchen in the pastor
s home and started breaking all the lights and window panes in the room. When the pastors wife rushed to the living room, the intruders broke open the living room also. The intruders also broke the refrigerator, overturning utensils in which the family meal had been prepared, before they finally left.

The attackers were allegedly shouting threats against the church and said that they would not let the church continue at the place.

The pastor, Pastor I.D.Prasanna , was not at home at the time of the incident. The police are yet to register an FIR in the incident.

An Appeal to write to Authorities

As concerned people, kindly write to the Chief Minister of Karnataka 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.

Shri D V Sadananda Gowda
Chief Minister of Karnataka

Email: [email protected]
(O) Tel: (080) 22253414 ; 22253424
(O) Fax: (080) 22353115

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