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Seven Christians in India have been arrested on charges of hurting religious feelings after Hindu radicals beat them. According to reports, the Christians were praying over a sick man when the Hindu radicals attacked. Attacks on Christians and their places of worship in India have dramatically increased. In just the first six month of 2017, Christians in India had already suffered over 410 attacks. Will this trend continue to the end of the year? 

12/14/2017 India (Christian Times) – Seven Christians in India have been booked on charges of hurting religious feelings after Hindu extremists savagely beat them when they gathered to pray for a sick man at his home, sources said.

Police in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh state on Dec. 4 charged the six Christian men and one woman with “deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings” after a mob of about 20 Hindus led by members of the Hindu extremist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) entered the house porch and attacked those present.

The six Christian men were taken into custody, while the woman was not immediately arrested due to the absence of female police required to detain her, sources said.

Anita Masih, a former Hindu who converted to Christianity nearly 30 years ago, was on her way to New Delhi with other Christians for a prayer fellowship and stopped at her sister Mamta Valmiki’s house in Eroli Gurjar village to pray for her ill husband. Valmiki’s son had been healed after Masih prayed for him, and Valmiki asked her sister and the Christians to pray for her husband.

Accompanying Masih were Christians including a pastor with Harvest Mission based in Kosi Kalan, Mathura District.

Valmiki, a 35-year-old Hindu of the below-caste Dalit people, told Morning Star News that she had implored her sister to visit her house along with the pastor and other Christians in order to pray for her husband, who was “extremely unwell,” and for her 16-year-old daughter, whose marriage she had recently arranged.

“I requested her to halt on her way to Delhi and pray for my household, that we might be blessed,” Valmiki said.

After seating the guests in a porch area on the premises of the house with about 12 other female members of her family, Valmiki asked if they would start a worship song while she went to get them water.

The mob then attacked, led by her father-in-law’s older brother, Lal Singh, his son and members of RSS, the parent organization of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Valmiki said.

“They shouted, ‘Attack, attack,’ and pounced on the guests,” Valmiki said, crying bitterly. “They hit them so brutally with hands, legs and foot, using abusive language for the men and women alike, and they blamed them for alluring us to convert.”

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