Hindu Radicals Attack Pastor and Threaten against Future Worship Services in Kushalnagar, Karnataka

October 25, 2012 by  
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Christian PersecutionKarnataka, October 23, 2012: Pastor Abraham Koshy (31), is in charge of the Indian Pentecostal Church in Kushalnagar in Hassan District of Karnataka during the last 4 years. He has a congregation of about 55 believers and he lives with his wife Jisha, and a 3 year old daughter.

On Sunday, 21-10-2012, he conducted his Sunday Worship Service as usual, which got over at about 12.30 noon, and the believers began dispersing when two Hindu fundamentalists came to the church and began shouting at the pastor alleging him that he has been forcibly converting Hindus to Christianity in Kushalnagar and that if he persists on his conversion work, he would be forced to face dire consequences. Then they slapped the pastor and told him that they prohibit any further worship or prayer services in their church and they have come to warn him about it and if the persisted on holding a worship service on Sunday following, they would come in a large number and forcibly stop the prayer service, whatever the consequences.

Immediately after the incident Pastor Abraham went and lodged a complaint with the Kushalnagar Dy S. P, Mr. Paul Varma, and also briefed him about the incident in the church and the threat held out by the Hindu fundamentalists if they continued to hold their worship service hence forward. He also requested him to provide the necessary protection to hold their prayer services which they have been conducting during the last several years. The Dy S. P. assured the pastor that the necessary protection would be provided for them and also gave a letter in that regard to Kushalnagar Sub Inspector Mr. Chikkaswamy. On delivering the letter to the Sub Inspector we understand that the Sub Inspector, instead of complying with his superior’s orders and assuring the pastor necessary protection, began to cross examine him as if he was a culprit and questioned him whether he is legally authorized to have a church in Kushalnagar and also that whether he possesses a registration certificate to that effect.

– persecution.in

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