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08/14/2020 India (International Christian Concern) – According to Asia News, Rajesh Gupta, a Christian Pastor and his family were brutally attacked by radical Hindu nationalists with sharp weapons while Pastor Rajesh was reciting a prayer in the home of another believer.

A friend rescued Pastor Gupta and his family and drove them to the hospital, where his wife remains hospitalized with a fractured hand and leg. It was registered as the second attack against Christians in Faridabad this year. 

On June 20, a group of Hindu fundamentalists attacked an educational center part of the Grace Assembly of God Church in Faridabad and placed a Hindu deity statue. Soon after, Bhatti, a protestant pastor, was ambushed, beaten, then fatally hit on the head by Hindu radicals with a sharp weapon. 

The Christian community has called for justice over the murder of Bhatti and the rising violence against Christians. “It is a pity that a few days before Independence Day, Indian Christians are denied the freedom to pray and preach.” Sajan George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians, told Asia News. “Not everyone enjoys the freedom of worship, even in the privacy of their homes. Not everyone enjoys the same privileges.”

Freedom from fear of attacks by right-wing attacks and freedom from poverty is only for the majority; not all are equal in India,” George added.

Increasing discrimination and religious polarization have become a reality for Pentecostal pastors carrying out their ministry. 

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