India: Persecution in Chhattisgarh

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July 03, 2009:

Sunday worship disrupted, Christians attacked in Madhya Pradesh

On May 14, Hindu extremists allegedly from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Bajrang Dal chanting "Jai Shri Ram" (praise lord Ram) barged into the worship service of Beersheba church and attacked the believers in Madhya Pradesh's Ratlam district.

According to an EFI correspondent, Akhilesh Edgar, at about 11:00 a.m., about 52 extremists stormed the church and started beating the Christians including children. They beat, kicked and punched the believers, verbally threatened and warned them of dire consequences if they continue to worship.

Pastor Kuldeep Singh Daniel and his wife sustained minor injuries. The pastor lodged a complaint at Alkapuri police station. No arrests had been made at press time.

Please pray for the pastor and for peace in Madhya Pradesh.

Anti-Christian hoardings in Chhattisgarh

Hindu extremists allegedly from the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Council) and Bajrang Dal (Youth Wing of the VHP) put up three anti- Christian hoardings in Bastar, Chhattisgarh, sternly warning the Christians not to preach in the area.

The signboard put up in three different places said, “Preaching about Jesus Christ is strictly prohibited in the area, and a penalty of rupees 1130 will be imposed on those found guilty.” The hoardings also have pictures of Hindu deities along with names of the extremists group. Below is one picture of the hoardings.

Without saying, the hoardings stand against the constitution of India where religious freedom to profess, practice and propagate has been granted equally to all the citizens of India.

Successive persecution faced by Christians in India today endangered its democracy.

Kindly pray that such a provocative anti- Christian’s poster will not be allow to be put up in any part of India and for the religious tolerance in Bastar.

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