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Tamil Nadu: Hindu radicals beat up women and children of a Pentecostal community
The Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), tells AsiaNews of yet another attack against the Christian minority. A group of extremists disrupted a prayer service and attacked the Reverend and faithful present with iron bars.
Mumbai (AsiaNews) - "There must be an end to this
increasing distortion of the Christian mission and the physical violence
perpetrated on innocent people, including women and children" demands Sajan
K George, president of the Global Council
of Indian Christians (GCIC). He was
commenting to AsiaNews on the
umpteenth attack suffered by a Pentecostal community at the hands of Hindu
The incident occurred on August 3 in Coimbatore, a city in
the southern state of Tamil Nadu. The Rev. Simon Stanley, of the Apostolic
Christian Church of Perur, went to visit Mr. Bagavathi, a faithful of the
nearby village of Goundanur. The man asked the pastor to pray for his 12 year
old daughter, who had a broken hand.
Suddenly, a group of 10 Hindu nationalists broke into the
house, barred the door from the inside and assaulted all present. The attackers
also beat the women and children, using iron bars and other instruments found
in the house. Many were severely injured in the attack, to the point of being
brought to hospital. The Rev. Stainley is still recovering from the trauma
Perur Police opened a case and are investigating the episode.
Two people were arrested for the attack.
The Pentecostal Christians - explains the GCIC
president to AsiaNews - are an easy
target for the extremist Hindus, with police turning a blind eye to requests
for help from vulnerable faithful and even ignoring the atrocities committed
against women and children". (NC)
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