A group of Christians have reportedly been beaten and threatened with death as they gathered to pray in southern India.
According to religious freedom charity Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), believers at Praise the Lord Church in the Tamil Nadu region were praying together last weekend when six men aged between 21 and 38 disrupted their meeting and threatened the church pastor.
The men who have been identified as part of the Nationalist group Hindu Munanni, assaulted members of the congregation after threatening to kill them if they continued to pray.
One churchgoer’s hand was fractured and an elderly woman sustained head injuries in the incident and Bibles from the church were also destroyed by the attackers.
The church’s lead pastor, Philip Rangasamy has claimed this is the second violent intrusion they have had from the Hindu extremist group in the past three months.
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SOURCE: Premier, Ruth Sax