A radical Hindu mob of some 35 people attacked a group of 150 Christians last week that had gathered together for prayer in the Pratapgarh District of India’s Uttar Pradesh State, seriously injuring 20 of them.
International Christian Concern, which reports on violence believers face around the world, said that the assault happened on July 2 during a prayer meeting.
Ram Kumar Gautam, a 42-year-old Christian, who has been leading the prayer meetings in Raikashipur village for over five years, said that the Hindu radicals arrived in vehicles last week.
The attackers stormed the meeting hall and began beating people with wooden lathies and sticks, also firing a gun five times in the air in order to frighten the believers.
“I didn’t sleep or eat properly for nearly a week now,” Gautam told ICC, adding that besides the injured Christians, 10 motorcycles and other property were damaged.
“The attack on our prayer meeting last Monday has had devastating consequences. Many have serious injuries with their limbs being broken. Also, a false case was booked against six of us under stringent IPC sections.”
Following the attack, the Hindu radicals were the ones to lodge criminal charges against six of the Christians, including Gautam, accusing them of converting people to the Christian faith.
Gautam stated, however, that the Christians peacefully and voluntarily hold their prayer meetings every Monday.
“We don’t even talk about conversions, but I am accused of converting people. People come to our prayer and get healing. That’s why people choose to regularly attend the prayers,” he added.
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Source: Christian Post