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Karnataka: Police Arrest Two Christians Beaten By Hindu Fundamentalists
ICC Note: Two Pentecostal pastors in India were stripped and beaten when 20 Hindu fundamentalists barged into a prayer meeting. The attackers called the police, who then arrested the pastors. The pastors are both still in jail three days later.
By Nirmala Carvalho
02/06/2013 India (AN) -Two Pentecostal clerics have spent the past three days in a Karnataka prison after they were attacked and beaten by Hindu fundamentalists. They were later falsely accused of forced conversion and proselytising. The incident took place last Sunday in Gadag District. For Sajan George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), the case illustrates once more of “the growing and worrisome religious intolerance towards the Christian minority.”
Sunday evening, Rev Nagesh Naik, from the Gipsy Church, was holding a prayer meeting at his home. Rev Mallikarjun Shingoli, another Pentecostal clergyman, was in attendance. Out of the blue, 20 activists from two Hindu nationalist groups, the Bajarang Dal and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), broke into the house, accusing those present of forcing Hindus to convert to Christianity. The clerics were then stripped, insulted and beaten.
The attackers then called the local police, which took Revs Naik and Shingoli to a government hospital in Mundargi where their injuries were treated. Afterwards, they were taken to the police station and held overnight.
On Monday morning, the clergymen were able to return home for a few hours on the condition that they go back to the police station. When they did, they were charged and arrested…
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