The Voice of the Martyrs received several reports of
continuing violence against Christians in India this week.
On May 21, a pastor and a church elder in the town of Bangarpet, Karnataka
were beaten by members of the militant Hindu organization Rashtriya
Swayamsevak Sangh for distributing gifts at a vacation Bible school.
According to a May 25 report from the All India Christian Council, the
militants accused the Christians of using the gifts to convert children to
Christianity. Both men were arrested by the police and later released.
On May 23, two evangelists, Bernard Christopher and Ravinder Gautam, were
beaten, tortured and tonsured by approximately forty-two Hindu militants in
the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. The militants also forcibly
"reconverted" the Christians to Hinduism and threatened to kill them if they
did not flee the district.
Also on May 23, seven evangelists were arrested in the village of Sira Taluk,
Andhra Pradesh after local Hindu militants accused them of forcibly
converting local Dalits to Christianity. They were interrogated and released
with a warning.
On May 25, evangelists J. Tumada and R. Dilat were stripped, beaten and
accused of forcible conversion by approximately twenty Hindu militants while
returning home from a prayer meeting in the village of Sakwar, Maharashtra.
Later that evening, four of the militants also stripped and beat two other
believers while they were returning home from a prayer meeting in the
village of Bhui Gaon and accused them of also forcibly converting villagers.
Ask God to give strength and healing to these Christians. Pray that they
will continue to give themselves fully to the work of the Lord (1
Corinthians 15:50-58). Pray that their persecutors will see that their
message is one of a free gift, not coercion, and respond in faith to Jesus
Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9).
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