Hindu Extremists in India Brutally Attack Christians Attending Prayer Meeting, Injuring Several

Hindu extremists brutally attacked a group of Christians attending a prayer meeting in Hyderabad, India, completely shattering the eardrum of one believer.

According to persecution watchdog International Christian Concern, the attack occurred on Nov. 4 in the Meerpet neighborhood of Hyderabad, India, after a 50-year-old Christian woman named Sadhya invited several members of the church to a prayer meeting at her home.

One of the attendees, Pastor Steven Hanok, told ICC that prior to the meeting, Sadhya had received permission from her Hindu landlord to hold the meeting in her home. Pastor Hanok speculated that the landlord told local nationalists about the prayer meeting.

Shortly after the Christians gathered at Sadhya’s home, 15 Hindu nationalists broke into the house and attacked the worshipers with wooden clubs and sticks. The landlord joined the attack, dragging Pastor Hanok out of the house.

“They came prepared to burn us,” Hanok told ICC. “I saw someone from the group taking petrol out of the fuel tank of a motorbike and heard others directing where the burning would take place.”

“I was panicked as all of this was going on. For 30 minutes the attack continued, but we eventually managed to run in different directions and reached the police station.”

Several Christians were injured in the attack. A Christian man named Janaiah had his eardrum completely shattered, while a Christian woman named Annamma also lost six teeth. Hanok’s car was also damaged.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett