UP: Christian meeting attacked *TN: Christians harassed

Uttar Pradesh, April 11, 2012: On April 7 in Maharajganj, Hindu extremists from the allegedly Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh barged into the Christian meeting and beat them up.

According to our correspondent, Ajit Pal, at about 8 a.m, the armed extremists forcefully entered into the “Festival of Deliverance” conducted by Maharajganj Baptist Church (MBC), accusing them of forceful conversion, verbally abused and started to beat them up.

Apart from the Christian leaders, the extremists targeted one believer, Ambika Prasad, a new follower of Christ, who gave the local church a land worth 1.2 million, reported a representative of the MBC.

About ten enraged extremists with their iron rods beat up the Christians injuring Pastor Ram Chander Vish Prasad and his wife, Ambika Prasad and some believers. The police soon reached the spot and put the situation under control.

“It is a spiritual meeting where we are praying for the sick and it has nothing to do with religion” Bishop Jonathan Ansar, main speaker of the meeting told EFI. The meeting was attended by about 4000 people, reported Akhopuro, organiser of the meeting.

The Christian filed an FIR against the attackers. The police arrested four extremists but they were released on the same day without any charges.

– efi

Christians harassed in Tamil Nadu

 

Tamil Nadu, April 11, 2012: In Akkarapettai, Nagapattinam, anti-Christian group tore up Bibles and gospel literature in the homes of children attending Scripture Union’s centre, SUHASYA, which minister to Children in Crisis after learning that they have attended church services.

According to information reaching EFI, after the anti-Christian group learned that there was noticeable drop in numbers of people attending one Hindu festival, they made an enquiry and found out that many villagers were attending church services.

Thereafter, on April 2 the enraged extremists went to a government school and announced to reward the children who have Christian literature in their homes. Some children said they have gospel books in their houses.

Subsequently, the anti people started harassing the children who admitted to keeping Christian books in their homes. They summoned their parents, verbally abused them and threatened to expel them from the village if they continued to go to church and entertain Christian faith.

Again, on the next day, the group went to the houses of the Christians and searched for Bibles and other literature. They tore the Bibles and other gospel literature they found and threatened them not to go to church or face dire consequences. They also threatened to deal with the person in charge of SUSHASYA.

Speaking to EFI, J Herbert Samuel, Ministry Director of Scripture Union, India said, “There are about 42 children in our centre and about 36 are from that Akkarapettai village. SUHASYA centre is not their main target but the Christians. Quite a few of our children’s families have been impacted by Christian care.”

The anti- group asked one family to vacate the house after they openly said they are worshipping Jesus. One person identified only Mahalaxmi and three other families filed a police complaint against the attackers and police protection was provided until yesterday. The anti- group have also locked 12 Christian houses for three days but after the intervention of the police, the Christians are able to live in their own homes again. However, out of fear some Christians are staying away from the village.

There is tension in the village as this group are threatening to enforce further action against the Christians. Kindly pray for them.

– efi

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