Believers attacked and Church burnt & razed to the ground in Hassan

September 4, 2013 by  
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Karnatak ChristiansKarnataka, August 31, 2013: Pastor Annaiah is in charge of Zion Prayer Mandira, a church at Narasipur village in Belur Taluk of Hassan District in Karnataka. He has a congregation of about 250 believers and he has been looking after their spiritual needs during the last 10 years. All the believers originally belong to the Bhovi community, a sub-caste among the Scheduled Castes in the Hindu fold.

The Hindu fundamentalists recently burnt down the church and razed it to the ground. They also attacked the believers and the neighbours who were present at the moment there and protested against the high-handed behavior of the rabid Hindu fanatics. Added to this the culprits also filed a false complaint against the pastor alleging that he has been forcibly converting Hindus to Christianity against their will. But when the pastor also filed a complaint about the burning down of their church and the attack against the believers, the police did not accept their complaint.

The police, along with the Hindu radicals, have stopped the prayer services by the Christians in the village and have also warned them not to conduct any prayer meetings in any of the houses in the village. Having practically lost everything, the pastor is in search of another place to build a new church.

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