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13 attacks on Christians in one day; Religious freedom in danger in North India – Report

New Delhi: Thirteen attacks on Christians were reported in a single day in northern India. According to a report by the Religious Freedom Commission of the Evangelical Fellowship of India, the attack took place on Sunday, October 3, in a manner that endangers religious freedom. According to the report, extremist Hindutva groups have unleashed violence against Christians.

Police assistance

In Maharajganj in Uttar Pradesh, Hindutva activists attacked 30 people who had gathered at a house for prayers. The incident was reported to the police but the police arrived at the spot and stood by the attackers, the report said. According to the report, the pastor who led the prayers was taken into custody. The attackers also blocked a prayer meeting at the same place led by Pastor Srinivas. The girls who came to pray were violently injured.

On the same day, police arrested Pastor Prem Singh Chauhan in Jaunpur. He was arrested on charges of forcible conversion.

The fourth incident took place in Hathras. Pastor Sooraj Palisa was called to the police station on charges of forcible conversion in Hasanpur Baru village. He was released after being questioned for a long time.

Twelve-year-old beaten

Pastor Dinesh, who was returning from Sunday prayers at Chuck Gordhan in Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh, was stopped by police on the way. He was released on the assurance that he would appear at the police station the next day.

Pastor Nandu Nathaniel, who was staying with his wife in Azamgarh, and his wife were arrested under the Prohibition of Conversion Act.

In Kusumi, Chhattisgarh, there were two attacks on Christians. The assailants stormed the prayer room, destroyed equipment and beat the 12-year-old. Pastor Santosh Rao has been remanded in police custody for allegedly converting to Islam in Bhilai, Chhattisgarh.

Fear of filing a complaint

The ninth incident took place in Kornal, Haryana. Thirty believers, including women, were attacked by the Sangh Parivar. The house where the worship took place was looted and the believers were threatened.

The 10th incident took place in Roorkee, Uttarakhand. Fifteen believers were beaten by the attackers. Five people were seriously injured. According to the report, Rajat Kumar’s condition is critical. The eleventh incident took place in Jwalapur. The attackers arrived at the spot along with police officers. Pastor Vipin Kumar said the believers had been threatened but had not yet lodged a complaint due to fear.

The next incident was in Hoshangabad in Madhya Pradesh. The clashes were over allegations that people had converted.

Attack on alleged conversion

Azola Fatehpur in New Delhi was also attacked. In Fatehpur Berry, Pastor Santosh Dan was threatened at his home by a group of 12 people. He was accused of proselytizing. The attackers returned after being warned not to enter the homes of Hindus.

According to the report, the actual figure is much higher. The report also alleges that violence is being unleashed in BJP-ruled states under the guise of proselytizing laws. According to the report, attacks on Christians have intensified since July 2021.