Police Search for Man that Assaulted Christian Pastor in India

ICC Note: Police in India’s Kerala state are searching for a Hindu man that assaulted a Christian pastor on June 6. According to reports, Gopinathan and an unidentified person assaulted Pastor Abraham Thomas while he was distributing Christian literature in Valiya Panikkan Thuruth. Attacks on Christians across India have continued to increase from year to year. In 2017, the Evangelical Fellowship of India recorded 351 attacks on Christians across India.  

06/14/2018 India (The Christian Times) – Authorities in the Indian state of Kerala are on the lookout for a Hindu helpline worker who was seen in a video assaulting a Christian pastor.

According to News 18, the police registered a case against the helpline worker, identified only in reports as Gopinathan, after he was seen in the video threatening and manhandling Pastor Abraham Thomas.

The incident reportedly took place on June 6 in the Valiya Panikkan Thuruth area, where Thomas and two others were distributing pamphlets.

Gopinathan and an unidentified person reportedly approached the small group and accused them of trying to convert Hindus.

In the video, Gopinathan reportedly told the pastor and his companions to tear the pamphlets that they were distributing. He had also warned Thomas that he was in a “Hindu-dominant area.”

The police said that no formal complaint has been registered against Gopinathan, but they have decided to file a case against the assailants after recording the statement of Thomas.

The assailants have been charged with promoting enmity between different groups on the grounds of religion, wrongful restraint, criminal intimidation and voluntarily causing hurt.

Accusations of forced conversions have been common in India, where 10 states have enacted anti-conversion laws.

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