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01/31/2022 India (International Christian Concern) – Radical Hindu nationalists attacked a Christian Pastor and his family in their home on January 14. The radicals stormed into the house around 10 p.m. when the family was about to go to bed. The three Christians were beaten so severely that they were admitted to the hospital and are being treated for their injuries.

According to Pastor Rakesh Babu, eight radical Hindu nationalists broke into his house and assaulted him, his wife Rekha, and his brother Anand. The mob did not give Rakesh a chance to ask why they were being attacked.

I tried to run away after receiving a couple of hits on my head and my back,” Pastor Rakesh Babu said. “They chased me and continued to beat me until I collapsed. I could hear someone saying kill him, kill him!”

Pastor Rakesh Babu shepherds 100 Christians in Byaspur. Earlier in the day, local villagers warned the pastor that they were going to demolish the Church building, which is adjacent to the pastor’s house. He has faithfully served for more than 15 years and is no stranger to harassment.

I have been threatened several times by the local nationalist thugs,” he said. “They demand I close the Church and Church activities. However, this is the first time that my family and I needed hospitalization.”

Pastor Rakesh Babu resides in Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state in India. This state, along with four others, will hold elections next month, which may fuel more attacks against religious minorities. Abuse by the Hindu Nationalistic Political Party, BJP, will likely increase as the elections draw nearer.

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