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Recent Incidents of Persecution of Christians in India

Recent Incidents of Persecution

ICC Note

Christians in India continue to suffer persecution at the hands of Hindu radicals. Unfortunately, the police also side with the perpetrators instead of protecting the victims. This reports summarizes the recent persecution against Christians in India.

Karnataka, India, April 15 (CDN) — Police on April 10 arrested a pastor and other Christians of the New India Church in Mysore after some 25 Hindu extremists from the Sreeram Sena attacked their Sunday service, accusing them of forcible conversions, reported the Mathrubhumi daily. Pastor Vinod Chacko was leading the service when the Hindu nationalists barged into the church, stopped the prayer service and complained to police of alleged forcible conversions. The Global Council of Indian Christians reported that the extremists along with police detained the worshippers inside the church building, including 20 women and 10 children, taking down personal details about them and asking them whether they were paid money or otherwise lured to attend. Police also seized vehicles belonging to the church and those attending the service. Police charged Pastor Chacko, his wife Asha and others identified only as Sabu, Simon and Sayazu under section 295A of the Indian Penal Code with “deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings.”

New Delhi – A mob of about 150 Hindu extremists on April 9 attacked a Christian worship meeting in Bhajanpura, East Delhi, beating Christians with clubs and stones, including women and children. Pastor Solomon King told Compass that the Assembly of God church organized an open-air “Festival of Deliverance” meeting at which he was speaking; there were about 150 people in the arena when he arrived with 40 choir members. After the meeting began at about 6 p.m., some present suddenly shouted “Jai Shri Ram [Praise Lord Ram]” and started beating the Christians. Two Christians identified only as Prabhu and Abhisek sustained head injuries and received hospital treatment. Pastor King, his wife and other Christians also suffered bruises. The intolerant Hindus also destroyed furniture, a sound system, a generator and some Christians’ vehicle. The Christians had received permission from government officials to conduct the worship meeting, and five police officers were on duty to protect it; the Hindu extremists also severely beat them. The attack lasted for about an hour before police reinforcements arrived, and the extremists fled. Police were able to arrest two of the assailants.

Madhya Pradesh – An enraged mob of Hindu extremists on April 7 stormed into the prayer meeting of a Christian Assembly house church shouting anti-Christian slogans and filed a police complaint of forceful conversion against those present in Sagar. The Hindu extremists accused Pastor Joy Thomas Philip of forceful conversion, Pastor C.P. Mathew of Bhopal told Compass. Police arrived and took Pastor Philip and three other Christians into custody for questioning but claimed it was a protective measure. After area Christian leaders’ intervention, the Christians were released on bail on April 9.

Karnataka – Mulki Circle police officials on April 4 forcibly took church documents from Hebron Assembly Church in Mulki and told the pastor not to allow any Hindus to enter. The Global Council of Indian Christians reported that officials identified only as Inspector Shivaprakash and Sub-Inspector Neelakanta, along with five police officers, verbally abused Pastor I.D. Prasanna and harshly denigrated church activities. Police officials questioned Pastor Prasanna for three hours, telling him what church activities he can and cannot undertake, and threatening to close the church if he disobeyed. They also ordered the pastor to give detailed information about the families that attended the church service.

Karnataka – Police in Shimago on April 3 detained Pastor Abraham K.G. and a Christian identified only as Eerappa for their faith in Christ. The Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) reported that Hindu extremists led by area Bajrang Dal member Subbraya Shetty interrupted the worship meeting of the Jehovah Nizzi church and warned them to stop meeting. The extremists had been harassing the pastor since March 27, reported the GCIC. As the April 3 service started at about 10:30 a.m., a sub-inspector from the Hosanagara police station arrived in a Jeep with three other police officers to make the arrests. When the Christians asked about the reasons, the officials said without basis that the Christians were using abusive language. Later that evening, police released the Christians without charges after taking a statement from them pledging that they would conduct no future worship meetings – and that they should leave the area

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  • Clarence D’Souza

    Where passion rules, how weak does reason prove!

  • Clarence D’Souza

    Where passion rules, how weak does reason prove!

  • Clarence D’Souza

    Where passion rules, how weak does reason prove!

  • Clarence D’Souza

    Where passion rules, how weak does reason prove!

  • Deepayan Basu (Paul)

    JUST A COUPLE OF HOURS BACK, I WITNESSED SOME HINDU RADICALS IN A PROCESSION ALONG ONE OF THE ROADS IN BANGALORE, KARNATAKA, DISTRIBUTING PAMPHLETS & SHOUTING SLOGANS OVER THE LOUDSPEAKERS MAIMING THE CHRISTIAN FAITH & THE CHRISTIANS, STATING THAT THE CHRISTIANS ARE FORCIBLY CONVERTING HINDUS TO CHRISTIANS. AT A POINT WHEN THEY WERE CROSSING THE RAMMURTHY NAGAR CHURCH, THEY HALTED THEIR VEHICLE IN FRONT OF THE CHURCH & STARTED PREACHING AGAINST CHRISTIANITY WITH OCCASIONAL CHANTS OF "BHARAT MATA KI JAI - (HAIL MOTHER INDIA). IT IS IRONICAL TO WITNESS SUCH INDIANS WHO CHANTS "HAIL MOTHER INDIA" ON ONE HAND & THE NEXT MOMENT THEY DESTROY THE VERY ESSENCE & FUNDAMENTALS ON WHICH THIS COUNTRY HAS BEEN BUILT BY TRYING TO DESTROY THE COMMUNAL HARMONY. IT IS CERTAIN THAT THESE PEOPLE ARE OBLIVIOUS TO THE FACT THAT THIS IS A SECULAR COUNTRY & THEY ARE BREAKING THE VERY PILLARS ON WHICH THIS COUNTRY HAS BEEN BUILT. SHAME ON SUCH PEOPLE CALLING THEMSELVES INDIANS. AND AS USUAL OUR INDIAN COPS, WHO ARE SUPPOSED TO PROTECT OUR SOCIETY FROM SUCH MISCREANTS, WERE HAND IN HAND WITH THESE CROOKS, EVEN GIVING THEM SECURITY COVER. THERE WERE TWO POLICE VEHICLES, ONE IN FRONT OF THE "MOTORCADE" & ONE BEHIND & SEVERAL POLICE OFFICIALS WERE ON MO-BIKES PROTECTING THEM FROM ANY RETALIATION THAT MIGHT OCCUR. UNFORTUNATELY, THEY NEEDN'T WORRY AS TRUE CHRISTIANS DON'T RETALIATE IN ANY VIOLENT MANNER AS GOD HAS TAUGHT THEM TO RETALIATE ANY OPPRESSION WITH LOVE & NOT HATRED.     

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