Christianity crackdown:Nine pastors beaten by police in India for spreading message of God


Spiritual-minded freedom charity Christian Solidarity Worldwide reported nine ministers, including one man with disabilities, were violently assaulted on February 21. The skirmish happened in the town of Sathankulam in Tamil Nadu State. The pastors were there on a trade trip as part of their involvement in Devasabai Church.

Across four days they were planned to distribute Christian literature and spread the message of the Bible.

It has been avowed the men were stopped by a member of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Festival, Ponniah, who seized the texts and accused the men of converting people by force.

He then alerted particular authorities to the presence of the men.

Christian Solidarity Worldwide reported the men were then austerely beaten by police.

Officers apparently took a bamboo baton to one colleague of the group, Pastor Barnabas, who sustained injuries to his back and legs.

Ponniah, who had head reported the men, then registered a police report against the nine Christians.

He was strutted by members of a local Hindu nationalist group.

The group was taken to stir, but released later following intervention by human rights activists.

It is publicized that Pastor Barnabas is receiving treatment in a private hospital -away.

Christian Solidarity Worldwide’s Chief Executive, Mervyn Thomas, indicated: “The failure of the police to conduct their duties in an impartial manner makes them complicit in persistent violations of the right to freedom of religion or belief.

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“Had it not been for the timely intervention of regional monitoring groups who assisted in the release of these nine Christians, they force have likely been held in prison for much longer and subjected to more distant assault.

“We urge the government of India to investigate and prosecute misconduct by law enforcement, which is deteriorating the trust of religious minorities in the police who are meant to protect them.”

Mr Thomas supplemented that tackling human rights violations against religious minorities in India was reviving to protecting all citizens.

Research from religious freedom charity Unfolded Doors revealed there were 1,445 physical attacks and end threats reported against Christians in India over the past year.

The realm is ranked number 10 on the charity’s so-called ‘World Watch List’ of political entities where Christians face the most extreme oppression for their fidelity.

It is said persecution towards Christians has intensified in the Hindu majority political entity recently.

Several states across the country have taken on anti-conversion laws, which figure to make conversion to Christianity a more difficult process.

Local brackets who monitor religious persecutions have raised concerns over protect brutality against religious minorities in India.

They have stated bureaucrats are often unwilling to ensure investigations are impartial.

This has seemingly emboldened Hindu nationalist classifies to make false accusations against the Christian community.

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