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09/29/2020 India (International Christian Concern) – According to Morning Star News, a pastor and his family were attacked by religious fanatics in a village located in India’s Bihar state. The family was told by the assailants that they must leave the village and stop leading worship services or face death.

On September 14, a mob of radical Hindu nationalists attacked Pastor Vinouwa Das and his family with bamboo sticks in Jhikatia village. According to Punita Kumari, Pastor Das’ wife, the assailants broke into the family’s home, dragged her husband out, and began beating him.

The shouted at me that we must vacate the premises immediately, and that they will not allow Christian services in the village,” Kumari told Morning Star News. “They were furious and beat me up also with the wooden sticks. It was not even a month since I was out of labor. My newborn suffered injuries along with me.

Prior to the attack, Morning Star News reports that there were three Christian families in Jhikatia village being led by Pastor Das. Last year, one family dedicated land to construct a small church hall and room for Pastor Das and his family. However, that family has since renounced their Christian faith and are now being used by radicals to pressure Pastor Das and his family.

Now that they have renounced their faith in Christ, upon the instigation of the upper-caste Hindus, they want the land back,” Pastor Arun Kumar, a pastor from a nearby village, told Morning Star News.

The Christians have submitted a complaint to the local police, seeking protection. With the help of the Alliance Defending Freedom India, the police have ensured that Pastor Das and family will be secure as the land dispute is settled.

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