Pastor in Northern India Severely Beaten and Falsely Accused of Forced Conversions

01/28/2020 India (International Christian Concern) – According to Morning Star News, a mob of hundreds of radical Hindu nationalists attacked a house church in India’s Haryana state. The attack left the pastor of the house church badly injured and falsely accused of forcefully converting Hindus to Christianity.

On January 5, a mob of some 250 to 300 radicals surrounded a small house church led by Pastor Jai Singh in Bichpari village, located about an hour north of Delhi, in India’s Haryana state. According to Morning Star News, approximately 30 assailants broke into the church and attacked Pastor Singh and the other Christians gathered for worship.

They pushed me to the floor and I could not understand who was kicking me, who was slapping or beating on my back,” Pastor Singh told Morning Star News. “As a huge crowd surrounded me, I could only see their hands and shoes kicking me. They picked me up from the floor and took me inside [the] home and told me that I should go with them, if not they would kill me there on the spot.

From the house church, Pastor Singh was taken to a school where he was forced to sit before idols and was further beaten with wooden sticks. In the evening, Pastor Singh was then taken to the Gohana police station where Morning Star News reports he was “severely bruised and howling in pain.

Police took Pastor Singh to the hospital, but when he returned to the station he had been falsely accused of forcefully converting Hindus to Christianity. The next day, January 6, Pastor Singh was presented before a judge and sent to judicial custody.

Thankfully, due to the intervention of the Alliance Defending Freedom-India, Pastor Singh was released on bail on January 7.

Attacks on Christians and their places of worship continue to rise in both number and severity in India. Pastors and other Christian leaders are increasingly under threat of being falsely accused of religious crimes such as forced conversion or blasphemy. These false accusations are used by radicals to harass and intimidate Christian communities across India.

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