India: Pastor brutally attacked in Jaipur, Rajasthan

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The Evangelical Fellowship of India is disturbed and strongly condemns the recent attack on pastor Walter Masih at Jaipur by anti-Christian elements.

Walter Masih, a pastor of a house church in Jaipur, Rajasthan was beaten up allegedly by 20 Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal activists after the Sunday service on April 29, 2007 .

The pastor was brutally beaten at his residence in front of his family with iron rods and sticks. The attackers also ransacked his house and destroyed furniture. A News Channel also filmed the incidence.

The attackers were masked men between 18-22 years of age. An FIR has been launched against the attackers and the police are investigating the case. Meanwhile the pastor has been admitted to the hospital with internal injuries.

Reverend Rakesh Malachi, pastor of a local church in Jaipur told the Times of India, “It is a pre-planned, well-orchestrated attack. We have also received information on other possible attacks on Christians living in the state."

Please pray for pastor Masih’s recovery. Pray that the Church in Jaipur will remain strong and continue living faithfully as they live for Christ. Also pray that the attackers would be caught and brought to justice.

Rev. Richard Howell,
General Secretary

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