Christian Pastor Severely Beaten by Hindu Radicals in India’s West Bengal
03/22/2019 India (International Christian Concern) – On March 20, a group of Christians participating in a prayer meeting in West Bengal was attacked by a group of suspected Hindu radicals. The assault left several participants injured and the pastor leading the meeting hospitalized.
According to Asia News, the attack took place on the morning of March 20 at approximately 7 a.m. in the village of Paschim Bardhaman. Members of the Full Gospel Evangelical Church had gathered in a church member’s house for a prayer meeting led by Rev. Anand Hari. After about 15 to 20 minutes, 20 suspected Hindu radicals broke into the house and attacked.
Speaking to Asia News, Shibu Thomas said, “People suddenly broke into the house and started hitting everyone present with fists, kicks, and sticks. They then fled, leaving the wounded on the ground. The attackers did not spare even the women.”
Rev. Hari took the brunt of the assault and was severely beaten by the attackers. Following the assault, he was transported to a local government hospital where he is still recovering.
Attacks on Christians and their places of worship have continued to increase in both frequency and severity. Many Christians claim that much of the increased violence is a result of Hindu radicals being encouraged the policies and ideology of the current BJP-led government.
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