Christians Attending Wedding in India are Attacked by Mob, Jailed and Beaten for ‘Forcibly Converting’ Poor People

Morning Star News reports an attorney representing Christians threatened at a wedding in northern India – with police joining in the verbal abuse and then arresting the Christians – couldn’t believe what was now happening to him.

According to Morning Star News, Attorney Harjinder Singh had gone to the workplace of the Sikh leader who organized the disruption of the wedding in Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan state – by 250 intruders armed with rods and sticks – to see if he could persuade him to drop charges against the Christians. The accused pastor and music team at the wedding had been falsely accused of disturbing the peace and fraudulent conversion.

The attorney showed up at the medical clinic of the Sikh leader, Dr. Gurmeet Singh, on June 29. Gurmeet Singh is chairman of the local Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), a Sikh body.

“The moment I introduced myself, Dr. Gurmeet punched me, landing several blows on my face, and asked me to ‘get out’ of the place,” attorney Singh said. “As I left, I was surrounded by Dr. Gurmeet’s men outside the clinic.”

The mob outside, members of the Hindu extremist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), surrounded the attorney and began to argue with him. Shouting to each other to throw him to the ground, some were saying, “Let’s kill him,” the attorney said.

Leading the mob was Surendra Godara, a former schoolmate of attorney Singh, he said.

“Godara, my schoolmate, told me that he is the one who has registered the complaint against the Christians, and he is very angry at me for changing my faith from Sikhism to following Jesus Christ,” the attorney said.

He managed to escape with torn clothes and immediately reported the attack to the Raisinghnagar police station.

“Though a written statement was taken from me by the police, no case was registered,” attorney Singh said. “But the next morning, news in the local newspaper left me shocked, saying that a case had been booked against me by Dr. Gurmeet Singh in the same police station, and the police had registered his complaint.”

He called police and was told that an investigation based on his complaint was underway, and that if they found any wrongdoing by Gurmeet Singh and the mob led by Godara, action against them would be taken.

One month later, he told Morning Star News, “No action has been taken by the police against Dr. Gurmeet or Godara.”

The attorney is charged with house trespass, intentional insult to provoke and unlawful assembly under the Indian Penal Code, though he said police have yet to approach him.

Attack on Wedding

In the slums near the Raisinghnagar bus station in Sri Ganganagar, a pastor who goes by the single name of Pankaj was delivering the sermon at the late-night wedding when the 250 men armed with rods and wooden sticks arrived. They began cursing the guests and telling them to leave, sources said.

“I had just started to speak when a mob led by one Gurmeet Singh barged into the ceremony and began to spitefully speak to us,” Pastor Pankaj said. “They were about 250 people, and every single one was carrying a rod or a wooden stick. It was evident that they were there to attack us.”

Morning Star News reported the visiting musicians and pastor slipped away from the hall, with some of them seeking cover in a room they had used to freshen up upon their arrival from various places in Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan states.

“Soon we heard the agitated mob hurling curses and entering the marriage palace hall while we stayed in our room,” Pastor Pankaj told Morning Star News. “They shouted at all the guests in the private party and shooed them away. The mob walked towards our room and knocked at our door, hurling abuses at us and calling us names. We opened the door and they barged in with sticks.”

Gurmeet Singh, whom the pastor estimated to be about 70 years old, burst in with 15 to 20 others hurling obscenities and accusing them of forcibly converting poor people in the slum area, he said.

“Gurmeet Singh not only spoke vulgar words to us, but he also cursed Jesus and spoke disrespectfully about Jesus,” the pastor said.

One intruder attempted to manhandle a Christian woman, who jerked his hand away and warned him, Pastor Pankaj said.

He said he feared the mob would kill them.

“I quickly prayed, ‘Lord, I can see my death right in front of me – I pray that you would take me to be with You,” he said.

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SOURCE: Assist News

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