|Persecution Watch July 1-15, 2016|
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Pastor and elderly mother assaulted in Church attack
July 3, 2016: Pastor Satpal Singh, 48, his elderly mother, son and nephew were severely assaulted in a brutal attack by 12-15 men from the Sikh community in village Mallian of district Gurdaspur, Punjab on 3 July 2016. The attack took place on a Sunday early before the Church service when there were about 15 women Church members besides Pastor's family. "Except for us, all others present were women who had reached Church early to help in the preparation of Lunch for the entire Church," said Pastor Singh while speaking to EFI. The attackers were carrying wooden sticks, sharp weapons with which they hit Singh, his son and nephew while the women fled. "The men verbally abused us and demeaned our faith in Christ as they hit us," added Singh. The mob hit Singh's mother 90-years-old with a brick which hit a little above her left eye. "We immediately rushed her to the hospital, where her wound was stitched and she was hospitalized for few days," added Singh. The mob vandalised the Church breaking the cross, door and windows until their Hindu and Sikh neighbours intervened. An FIR was registered in the local police station but no arrests have been made yet. Singh and his family put their faith in Christ 20 years ago from their Sikh faith. Serving the Lord full-time, they have a congregation of around 60 members, all from different faiths. "While we have a good testimony in our neighbourhood, these 8 Sikh families have come together and have been threatening us for more than a year now for spreading the Word and conducting Church and prayer services in the village," said Singh.