No Arrests Made in Relation to Beating of Pastor in India

ICC Note:

Still no arrests have been made in relation to the beating of a pastor and his family in India. Hindu radicals entered the pastors home and beat him and his family for 30 mins before leaving.

10/22/2012 India (WorthyNews)– An Indian evangelical pastor was recovering of injuries, after he and his family were beaten by “anti-Christian” Hindu extremists near the capital New Delhi, a major mission group and relatives said.

Lal Mani Prasad of the Immanuel Believers Fellowship congregation was reportedly beaten last Sunday, October 14, at his home in the Narela area of India’s administrative district of North West Delhi.

In published remarks his son Samuel Prasad, who suffered a broken hand, said at least two men entered the house and used “a steel water bucket” to hit his father’s head till he was unconscious.

The beatings were encouraged by nearly a dozen other Hindus who earlier hurled stones and other materials at the pastor’s family home, Christian witnesses said.

“The pastor was beaten badly by the anti-Christians while getting ready for his church’s Sunday service,” added mission group Hopegivers International (HI), which supports the family.

FAMILY ATTACKED

Additionally, his “wife, son and daughter were badly bruised” with rods in the 30-minute attack, confirmed HI President and Chief Executive Officer Samuel A. Thomas.

Pastor Prasad, “was taken to the [local] hospital, treated and released. [However] after a few days, he was readmitted…with internal bleeding,” Thomas explained in a statement to Worthy News.

“The pastor was brought to a local hospital where he required 18 stitches on his head,” HI said.

Local Christians said the attack came after the family was told this year by “extremist Hindus” that they would kill the pastor if he continued with his Christian activities.

No arrests were reported Sunday, October 19.

Hindu groups have been concerned about the spread of Christianity in this predominantly Hindu nation.

Among those converting are many ‘Dalits’, long viewed as the ‘lowest caste’ in India’s ancient system of Hinduism, according to church and mission groups.

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