04/02/2021 India (International Christian Concern) – On January 31, a mob of radical Hindu nationalists attacked a Christian worship service in southern India. As a result of the attack, 28 Christians were injured, six of whom had to be hospitalized.
The attack took place in the village of Horahalli, located in the Ramnagara district of Karnataka. Witnesses said a mob of nearly 30 radicals attacked Christians at Jeevadayaka Prardana Mandira Church as they gathered for worship.
Radicals shouted slogans such as “Jai Sri Ram”As they broke into the worship service. Members of the crowd immediately attacked the pastor of the church while others attacked members of the congregation.
“They didn’t say a word as they pushed each other inside the church hall,Pastor Subash, chief pastor of Jeevadayaka Prardana Mandira Church, told International Christian Concern (ICC). “I was upset as everyone in the room screamed and cried.“
“I collapsed to the ground after several punches,Continued Pastor Subash. “They took my cell phone and completely damaged it. I can’t walk now and my wife and daughter were injured while trying to protect me from the crowds.“
According to other witnesses, members of the crowd took Bibles from worshipers and used them to beat Christians. The crowd also damaged other properties in the church hall.
The attack was reported to local police and an initial information report (FIR No. 0017/2021) was filed against members of the crowd. However, no arrests were made by the police despite the fact that four leaders of the crowd were identified by name.
Nearly 120 Christians pray regularly at Jeevadayaka Prardana Mandira Church which rents a local hall for its services. According to Pastor Subash, the congregation remains frightened by the incident and fears a future attack.
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