EFI News: Persecution in Maharashtra, Karnataka and MP

September 29, 2013 by  
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Anti Christian ViolenceA Gospel meeting was stopped after Hindu extremists from the Bajrang Dal barged into a three day Gospel meeting conducted by Mission to the Blind on 8 Sept in Thilari, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh. The Hindu extremists at about 4:30 p.m. barged into the second day of the three days Gospel meeting at St. Xavier School organised for the blind people.

“A mob of Hindu extremists barged in, accused us of forceful conversion and told us to vacate the premises immediately,” Pastor Sanjeev Xena, co-ordinator of the Mission to the Blind said. The extremists later asked the participants what subjects were being taught and were there any forceful conversion activity.

All the participants replied that they come to the meeting by their own accord and that they are interested to learn all the three subjects offered to them i.e. Religion, Medical and Blindness and that there was no forceful conversion.

However, the extremists along with the police who arrived told the Christians to close down the meeting immediately or face dire consequences. The next day before dawn, the Christians shifted their meeting place to another area , about 110 kms away from St. Xavier school.

Christian Workers Beaten up in Maharashtra

Maharashtra ChristiansOn 8 September in Devdongri village, Nasik District, Hindu extremists disrupted a prayer meeting and beat up three Christians from the Friends Missionary Prayer Band (FMPB).

“At about 1 p.m., the attackers suddenly barged into the prayer meeting, dragged the Christians out on the road, tore up their clothes and beat them up†J. Solomon, representative of the FMPB told EFI News.

Christian workers, Saraswati Pagi, Lathabai Shankar, Hiraman Pagi sustained injuries.

Christian Couple Beaten up in Karnataka

Christians Beaten up in KarnatakaA mob of Hindu extremists accused a Christian couple of forceful conversion and beat them up which resulted in the wife being hospitalized on 8 September in Kolipalya, Chamrajnagar.

At about 4 p.m. the Hindu extremists stopped Sannamma and her husband Naik Lambani as they were returning back home after attending a prayer meeting.

The extremists snatched Bibles and Gospel tracts from them, tore them up and thereafter kicked, punched and beat up the Christians. They further accused them of forceful conversion and dragged them to a Hindu temple.

At the temple, the extremists poured water on the Christians as a form of religious cleansing and thereafter applied Kunkum on their foreheads to signifies that they are Hindus. After the intervention of the Karnataka Legal Aid Cell, the police registered First Information Report against the attackers.

– efi

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