Mob of Nationalists Attack Christian Wedding in India
08/09/2019 India (International Christian Concern) – According to Morning Star News, a Christian wedding in India was brutally attacked by a mob of Hindu-nationalists. The mob, organized by a Sikh leader named Dr. Gurmeet Singh, stormed the ceremony and threatened to kill and beat everyone in the room. When police were called to the scene, the Christians were falsely accused of forcefully converting people and disturbing the peace of the community.
The police arrested several Christians, including women and even a 3-year-old child. Through the intervention of local awareness groups, these Christians have been released.
The incident took place on June 29 near the Raisinghnagar bus station in Sri Ganganagar, a town located in India’s Rajasthan state. According to Morning Star News, Pastor Pankaj was officiating a late night wedding when the mob attacked.
“I had just started to speak when a mob led by Gurmeet Singh barged into the ceremony and began to spitefully speak to us,” Pastor Pankaj told Morning Star News. “They were about 250 people and every single one was carrying a rod or a wooden stick. It was evident that they were there to attack us.”
When the police arrived at the scene, they sided with the mob and arrested five Christian men, including the pastor, Christian women, and the 3-year-old daughter of the pastor.
“One of the policemen asked the attackers to allow the police to take us to the police station, where [the officer said] we would be beaten up and straightened,” Pastor Pankaj told Morning Star News. The believers were detained and forced to confess to forcing conversions.
After the incident, Attorney Harjinder Singh, visited Dr. Gurmeet Singh at his clinic in an attempt to persuade him to drop the false charges. Instead, Singh was immediately punched in the face by the doctor and another anti-Christian episode erupted. The attorney managed to escape in torn clothes.
When he called the police and informed them of the incident, they ensured him that an investigation will take place, however after a month, he still heard nothing from them. Instead, he was charged with house trespassing and intentional insults to provoke.
The arrested Christians were only granted bail after several Christian groups in India took notice of the matter and pushed authorities to grant bail. Otherwise, it is likely they would have remained in prison.
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