Pastor Harassed in Chhattisgarh & 4 incidents in MP

October 31, 2012 by  
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Pastor Harassed in Chhattisgarh

Chhattisgarh MapChhattisgarh, October 29, 2012: On 17 Oct in Sakti town, Jangir Champa, Chhattisgarh, anti-Christian elements harassed a pastor, accused him of forceful conversion and told him to vacate his rented house.  Pastor Dinesh Malholtra was renting the house of Kanhaiya Pande who requested him to pray for his 18 months old son too. As Pastor Malhotra started to share the love of Jesus before he prayed, Pande got angry and started to verbally abuse and harass him.

“Kanhaiya pushed me against the wall accusing me of forceful conversion and practicing witchcraft. He strangled me and also slapped me with his hands and tried to kick the belly of my eight months old pregnant wife” Pastor Malhotra said. Thereafter, G.P Pande, father of Kanhaiya Pande, told pastor Malholtra to vacate the house.

Pastor Malholtra relocated 150 kms away from the village as he could not find a house according to his means in the area. Kindly pray that Pastor Malholtra will be able to find a house to rent in Sakti town so that he will be able to continue his ministry.

Four Incidents in Madhya Pradesh

Madhya PradeshMadhya Pradesh, October 29, 2012: Police arrested Pastor Sigarjamre on 20 Oct in Bagh Tehsil, Dhar after the Hindu extremists beat him up and accused him of forceful conversion. The pastor was released on bail after two days. In a similar incident in Bati Khodra, Pama Jherha in the same district, Hindu extremists disrupted a house church meeting conducted by Pastor Sardar on 14 October. The pastor who works amongst the Maru community received constant threats from the extremists.

On 10 October in Indore, alleged Hindu extremists disrupted the worship meeting of ‘ Youth with a Mission’ and imposed on them a fine of Rs.5000 as a penalty. With the help of area Christian leaders, the police registered an FIR against the attackers. In a similar incident in Saraidantuka, Khandwa, on 28 September, police arrested Pastor Shivram Muzalze after Hindu extremists beat him and accused him of forceful conversion. The pastor was released on bail after he was imprisoned for six days .The area Christians have close down all their activities as the extremists are constantly trying to harm them.

– efi

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