Twin attacks against the Christians in West Bengal
The twin incidents against the Christians in Rayapara, Hoogly resulted in a pastor and church members being beaten up and one family forced to move out from their rented accommodation.
The incident occurred on March 10 when an angry mob of allegedly Hindu extremists barged into the prayer meeting of Agape Action Church, dragged Pastor John and five women to the local Hindu temple.
The extremists forced the Christians to perform Hindu rituals and later beat them up when the Christians refused to comply with their demands, reported our correspondent in West Bengal.
Five days later, the angry Hindu extremists turned up again and ordered the 11 Christians to leave the area.
Out of the 11 families, one was forced to vacate their rented house and the rest are still staying in their own houses.
"The one family who vacated their rented house is taking shelter in the house of the pastor." reported our correspondent.
Christian Burial Stopped in Haryana
A mob of alleged Hindu fundamentalists on March 6 disrupted the funeral ceremony of a Christian, prohibited the burial of the deceased and chased the Christians away from the cemetery in Paali, near Faridabad, Haryana.
About 80 Christians gathered at the Paali Christian cemetary when a group of Hindu fundamentalists in 12 bikes arrived at the site and maintained that "the land soil cannot be used to bury a Christian."
Thereafter, the mob swelled up to 700 and started beating up the Christians with sticks, chased them from the spot and further damaged some vehicles of the Christians including the ambulance where the body of the deceased was laid.
"The deceased was an old lady who was a faithful member of the church and we felt extremely sad that such thing happened to us" Pastor Mahipal who conducted the funeral told EFI News.
The police reached the spot and escorted Pastor Mahipal and three church members to another cemetery to bury the body.
The Christians, under police protection, completed the burial ceremony.
Pastors Arrested in Madhya Pradesh
On March 4 in Haldad, Barwani, police arrested a pastor and one believer after the Hindu extremists accused them of forceful conversion.
According to our correspondent in Madhya Pradesh, the extremists allegedly from the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Bajrang Dal stormed into the cottage meeting conducted by Pastor Lal Singh in the house of Indram Chauhan.
The extremists manhandled the Christians, accused them of fraudulently converting poor tribal people into Christianity and took them to the Rajpur police station.
However, after investigation, the police released the duo without filing any charges against them as the charge of conversion was found to be false reported The Indian Express.
Pastor Accused of Allurement in Madhya Pradesh
On March 1 in Rampura, Alirajur, Hindu extremists shouting anti- Christian slogans tried to break into the Sunday worship service and accused a pastor of luring people to convert to Christianity by offering them monetary benefit.
Our correspondent reported that about 300 people were worshipping in Filadelphia's Church when about a dozen extremists shouting anti- Christian slogans entered the church premises.
As the extremists shouted against the Christians and hovered around the church premises, some church members called up the police who later reached the spot.
The police advised the believers to go back to the church and the Christians thereafter continued the worship.
In the meantime, the police received a complaint from the extremists where three people have alleged that assistant Pastor Pratab Rawat gave them money to convert to Christianity.
However, the church leaders told EFI News, "There is no case of allurement, we have never seen these three people before."
Kindly pray for the pastors and members of Filadelphia's Church.
Rev. Dr. Richard Howell,
Evangelical Fellowship of India
New Delhi, India