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Posted in: Christian Persecution, Christian Persecution - Asia, India

By Stefan J. Bos, Worthy News' Chief International Correspondent

IndiaMUMBAI, INDIA (Worthy News)– Impoverished Christian villagers in India's western state of Maharashtra were refused water and firewood Tuesday, January 8, after a Hindu attack on their house church injured some 30 believers, a chief investigator told Worthy News.

Joseph Dias, secretary-general of Indian rights group Catholic-Christian Secular Forum (CSF), said the incidents are part of an ongoing Hindu campaign to intimidate minority Christians in Maharashtra's Thane Rural District.

Tensions have been rising since December 30 when up to 500 "Hindu nationalists" surrounded a house church in Tamsai village where dozens of Christian tribals gathered for a Sunday worship and New Year prayer service, Dias said.

"Suddenly the mob surrounded the place and asked the Christian villagers to stop the prayer service. Then about a dozen of them began beating the believers, including many women and children," he explained.

Casualties could have been higher but many Christians did not attend the gathering as they were threatened by "Hindutva fundamentalists", the words used for hardline Hindu nationalists, according to CSF investigators.

NO MEDICARE

Among those injured were 10 women, 5 children and 14 men, Christians said. "Most injuries were internal and [diagnostic] X-rays scans were advised, but the Christians are too poor to afford such medicare," Dias stressed.

Additionally, he said, "musical instruments were broken and Bibles were torn or desecrated" in the December 30 turmoil.

Rights activists claim the area has been "simmering" over the last two years, with Christians being targeted and local police allegedly looking the other way. None of the 14 suspects identified in the latest violence have been detained, Christians complained.

"Rather the Christians were given a warning notice by police not to give any cause for trouble or action would be taken against them," Dias claimed.

PUBLIC THREATS

In front of police "Hindutva fundamentalists openly threatened to attack the Christians and kill any pastor that came to lead the worship,"he said. No Sunday service took place in the house church following the December 30 attack.

Instead, Christian tribals reportedly gathered January 6 at the 'Voice of Holy Spirit House Church' in Vikramgad village, some 20 kilometers (12 miles) away from their homes.

There was no immediate reaction from police, however influential Hindu groups are known to wield power over authorities in rural communities.

Dias said Christians were advised to accept police protection during church services, but he cautioned they were unable to pay the 2,000 Indian rupees ($36) per officer.

Additionally, Christians are reportedly fearful of the police with the CSF "receiving complaints from believers of neighboring villages."

NO WATER

Dias said the latest refusal by non-Christians to provide water and firewood to believers in the area have added to concerns. "How can they survive?" he wondered.

Influential Hindus "also threatened to deny the Christians ration and government benefits, if they continued to pray in the village," Dias explained.

He said the authority in charges of the Tamsai and Pochade villages already organized a meeting "to impose economic sanctions, social boycott and restrictions on practicing of Christianity in the area."

CSF urged Christians to both "pray and act to protect the Christians from a bloodbath" in Tamsai and neighboring villages.

The tensions underscore mounting tensions in India, a heavily Hindu nation of over 1 billion people. Hindu groups have condemned the spread of Christianity among especially tribals and "Dalits", who are also known as "untouchables" as they are deemed the "lowest caste" in India's ancient system of Hinduism.

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  • FresnoJoe

    Praying~!

  • may

    I will set time and pray everyday

  • christina

    Be a good christian by stopping evangelism.

  • christina

    christians in india should stop peddling christianity by targetting vulnerable sections of hindus.also people in usa should stop funding the churches in india.far from doing any good evangelism creates an ugly situation in the indian society.proselytising is inhuman and below ones dignity.the great humanitarian mahatma gandhi was against conversion of hindus by inducements and proselytising under the garb of human rights.please stop labelling ,whoever opposes proselytising as "hindutva fundamentalist" christian evangelists stop selectively quoting the constituition of india,nowhere it is written in the constituition that the xians have a divine right to convert unsuspecting hindus.xians r in full circle in india,whenever the hindus retaliate and some so called xians are killed,,xians use them as martyrs for further proselytisation,as xianity bays for martyrs blood.i am a xian from germany living in india. .

    • FresnoJoe

      Dear One

      "And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me." Matthew 10:38

      Hear The Word Of The LORD

      "Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels." Mark 8:38

      And Be Blessed Beloved

      "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6

      Be Very Blessed

      "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
      Love, Joe

  • FresnoJoe

    Free The Slaves

    "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." Mark 16:15

    Free, Free At Last~!

    "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed." Mark 8:36
    Thank You LORD Jesus, Thank You
    And LORD Please Please Free India From Her Sins
    In Jesus
    Amen~!

  • harris

    Matthew 5:10 – "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

  • harris

    Philippians 1:19 – for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance,

  • harris

    Romans 8:35 – Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?

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