Christians attacked during church service by mob of 200 radical Hindu nationalists in India
A mob of 200 radical Hindu nationalists attacked worshipers at a church in the Indian state of Uttarakhand last week. Christian leaders are now demanding that the authorities take “strict measures” against the attackers.
Asian Catholic News Union (UCAN) reports that crowds broke into the church on October 3 as worshipers in Roorkee Town gathered for the Sunday morning service.
Christian leaders in northern India’s Uttarakhand state are calling for action against Hindu nationalists for attacking a church and beating worshipers alleging religious conversion activities. Report by @minjbijay# Christian persecution #India #Hindu #BJP https://t.co/j4yF8W9kx2
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After making their way, the radicals began to beat up church members and vandalize church properties. At least three Christian women were seriously injured and taken to a nearby hospital.
The attackers were identified as members of the pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata (BJP) party, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal. They claim their actions were appropriate and accused the church of engaging in illegal conversion activities.
“We demand strict measures against them and police protection for us,” Prio Sadhana Lanse, a church leader, told UCAN.
Police filed a complaint against the members of the crowd, but no arrests were made.
“The church that was attacked has been active for 30 to 40 years,” Reverend Titoo Peter of the Methodist Church told UCAN.
He said Christians in Roorkee got along with people of other faiths and that this was the first time the church had come under attack.
“It is the work of some evil elements who do not want peace and harmony in the region. We condemn the act,” he added.
Radical nationalists will make false claims against Christians and accuse them of forcing individuals to convert to Christianity as a means of justifying harassment and assaults against people of faith.
CBN News previously reported that radical Hindu ambushed four Christian women in August as they gathered to pray together in the village of Sarurpur in India.
The injuries ranged from a broken leg to a serious head injury.
In July, Pastor Balwinder “Bagicha” Bhatti was found dead near a street in Ferozpur (Punjab). The Protestant pastor was ambushed, beaten and fatally wounded in the back of the head with a sharp weapon.
And in June, radical Hindus raided an educational facility belonging to the Grace Assembly of God Church in Faridabad. The attackers seized the property and placed a statue of a Hindu deity inside.
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