News EFI Persecution Watch, April 01, 2010

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April 01, 2010

Church attacked in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh

Hindu extremists allegedly from the Dharam Sena accompanied by police officials on March 28 disrupted a Christian worship meeting in Raksha Nagar, Ranjhi, Jabalpur.

Our Correspondent Akhilesh Edgar reported that at 10:30 a.m. about 45 extremists shouting Hindu slogans broke into the prayer meeting of Apostolic Christian Assemblies and accused the Christians of forceful conversion.

Prior to the attack, the area Dharam Sena leader Yogesh Agarwal filed a police compliant against the Christian of “conversion activities” in Ranjhi Thana and then marched towards the church with about 35 Dharam Sena members.

The extremist entered the church shouting Hindu slogans and accused the Christians of forceful activities. The police soon arrived on the scene and took Pastor Francis Xavier, two associate pastors and four church members to the station for questioning.

Following the incident, about 100 Christians massed up at the police station with banners “Masih Shakti Samiti” (People with Christ’s power) and pressured the police for justice, reported a participant, Pastor Sylvester Lal. Police requested Pastor Xavier to submit the church documents and then made an enquiry into the matter.

The Christians were released without any charges as the police found that the allegations against them were false and baseless.

Praise the Lord for Justice and kindly continue to pray for the church members of Apostolic Christian Assemblies .

Christians attacked in Delhi

Hindu extremists allegedly from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) attacked Pastor Galdwin Masih and another Christian identified only as Pritam on March 25 in the Seema Puri area of Delhi.

The pastor was leading a prayer meeting where three RSS members were present. In the middle of the meeting they alerted other RSS members and, as they began to leave, threatened to beat the Christians.

As Pastor Masih and Pritam were returning home, about 25 extremists stopped them on the road and battered them with cricket stumps and hockey sticks, leaving their bodies badly bruised.

Pastor Gladwin called police, who rushed to the site as the extremists fled. A First Information Report was filed against the attackers, but no arrests had been made at press time.

Christian school threatened in Faridabad, Haryana

A mob of about 25 people attacked a Christian school at Faridabad, Haryana, on March 25th.

As usual practice, Carmel Convent School withheld the results of students who did not clear their fees. The parents of these students forcefully entered into the School’s principal Chamber claiming that the school fees was high and that that they would burn up the school and turn it like Kandhamal in Orissa, reported our correspondent Sanjay Daniel.

The group attacked I.S Wadhya, member of the managing committee of the school, who suffered injuries on his head and was admitted in Vadaman nursing home, according to reports.

The same group of people was also reported as throwing verbal abuses against the nuns as they flee the School. Police investigation is underway.

Pray for justice and for Carmel Convent School.

An appeal to write to authorities

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

Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan
Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh
Email: [email protected]

(O) Tel: (0755) 2551581 ; 2551433
(O) Fax: (0755) 2551781 ; 2540501

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 Bhupinder Singh Hooda
Chief Minister of Haryana
Room No. 45, 4th floor, Civil Sectt.,
Chandigarh, Haryana
Email: [email protected]

(O) Tel: (0172) 2749396; 2749409
(O) Fax: (0172) 2740774
(R) Tel: (0172) 2749394 ; 2749395

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