Persecution Report in Two States of India

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August 26, 2009

EFI News

Christians fearful in West Bengal

Anti-Christian people from the Moukahali Gram Panchayat repeatedly
attacked the Christians and threatened to kill them if they continue
to practice their faith in Chok Borhampur Village, Bishnupur, West

According to an EFI source, on August 20, about 15 anti- Christian
people armed with knives, lathis and iron rods shouting anti-
Christian’s slogans attacked a Christian identified as Khagen Majhi
and threatened him of 'incidents like Orissa’s Kandhamal situation in
West Bengal' and to disown the Christian faith or face dire

Running from one Christian house to another in rage, the
anti-Christians also beat up a believer identified as Manik Jana and
also verbally abused and manhandled a Christian woman identified as
Mrs Jharna Pradhan.

The same incidents of persecution took place on July 29 this year and
on December 25, 2006. The Christians have filed a police complaint at
Bishnupur police station on July 30.

After these repeated attacks, the Christians are living in fear and
under tension.

Kindly pray that the police will take appropriate action against the
attackers and peace for all the Christians in the area.

Christians in hiding in Karnataka

Hindu radicals on August 9 disrupted the worship service of Indian
Missionary Service and beat up Pastor V. James in Gulbarga, Karnataka.

Rev. Noel Kotian, an EFI correspondent reported that around 10 a.m.,
about 20 Hindu extremists shouting anti- Christian slogans barged into
the Sunday worship service, accused Pastor V. James of forceful
conversion and assaulted him.

The extremists dragged the pastor out to the street, kicked, punched
and beat him up. The pastor flee to Ganigapura police station and
filed a complaint against the extremists, according to reports.

Later in the evening, around 9 :30 p.m., the extremists went to the
pastor’s house and assaulted him again. They chased the pastor, his
wife and four children away from the village. At press time, the
pastor is hiding in another area. No action has been taken at the time
of the report.

Kindly pray for the safety of the pastor and his family, his church
and for peace and religious tolerance in Karnataka.

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