India Militants Attack Christian Birthday Party, Pastor

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By Santosh Digal, Worthy News Asia Correspondent
NEW DELHI, INDIA (Worthy News)-- Hindu militants in south-eastern India halted a Christian birthday celebration and prayer meeting and attacked an evangelical pastor involved in the festivities  saying he was trying to forcibly convert non-Christians to Christianity, one of India's national Christian organizations said Saturday, January 30.
The All India Christian Council (AICC), an interdenominational national Christian body, said members of the radical Hindu group Hindu Vahini interrupted the celebrations late Friday, January 29, in the village of Jeedimetla in Andhra Pradesh state.
"Fanatics" it said, "disturbed Ramesh’s son" birthday and "abused" the Christian family. No full names were given, apparently for security concerns. Soon after some 50 Hindu militants attacked Pastor Satyam who was returning back home from the interrupted birthday celebration, AICC said.
The Hindu mob apparently "abused him" on "false charges" of using "force" and "fraudulent" means to convert people.
POLICE RELUCTANT
"Meanwhile the fanatics called police" and in the presence of a key officer "forced Pastor Satyam to eat the food offered to [Hindu gods] against his will," said AICC Regional Secretary Madhu Chandra. "Fanatics threatened that when he refused he would be taken to the [local] Petbashirabad police station...He was released" just before midnight, he added.
Pastor Satyam complained that police refused to register his complaint "against the fanatics for unlawful act of intruding into Ramesh’s house and [disturbing] his son’s birthday celebration."
However, he said, “We will approach higher police authorities if the police officers on duty continue to refuse to take the complaint." Pastor Satyam is the senior pastor of Good Shepherd Community Church and an AICC member involved in defending human rights of Christians and oppressed members of the 'Dalit' community, the 'lowest caste' in India's ancient system of Hinduism.
The Andhra Pradesh branch of AICC said it is supporting the pastor's legal actions against the Hindu Vahini members. There have been several incidents in India involving Hindu radical groups who oppose the spread of Christianity in the mainly Hindu nation of over one billion people.
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1 thought on “India Militants Attack Christian Birthday Party, Pastor”

  1. Praying

    "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
    But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world." Romans 10:17-18

    Praise The Name Of Jesus

    "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

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