Pastor Ajay Kumar from a village in District Allahabad of Uttar Pradesh state in India, has been summoned by Police officer this morning to visit the police station, to investigate a complaint that was filed against the Pastor by religious fanatics.
Pastor Kumar was conducting Sunday worship the 4/10/2020 at a believer’s residence, with few believers, where they usually meet every sunday.
During the worship, a number of religious fanatics suddenly broke in and started shamelessly beating everybody including the Pastor, with whatever they had in their hands.
Shiv Kumar a believer was taken by the mob forcefully and they beat him, took his mobile and Rs 6000 cash, they left him only when his sister went and started screaming and shouting. Shiv was latter admitted in the hospital.
Not only did they beat the believers, but they went on vendalizing the church building from inside, destroying the music equipments and anything they could destroy.
Pastor Kumar manages to escape with injuries.
Next day again, on the 5/10/2020, police officials summoned Pastor Kumar to the police station. “Fanatics have made a complaint, but we don’t have any details yet, as we are waiting for the officers to come” said Kumar on the phone from the police station to Persecution Relief.
After the instigation, Pastor Kumar came back home from the police station and reported to Persecution Relief that the police inspector was under pressure from the fanatics “the police asked me to comprise with the fanatics and give in writing that you will not conduct Sunday Worship in the future, said Kumar. Pastor left the station saying he needs time to think and will choke back.
This is as usual another story where christian prayer meeting is a reason for a false case to be filed up; a story where, clearly without any reason, the police instead of doing their job in catching the oppressors, show compliance with the fanatics to oppress the move of the Holy Spirit.
Let’s pray for the safety of Pastor Kumar and his community, that God protect their steps and save them from harassment of fanatics. Let’s pray that they be armed with boldness and strength not to compromise on the service of God and the works of the Spirit despite the persecution.
Let’s pray that God convicts the fanatics with a shame to fabricate false complaints and that the police be convicted to operate fairly in service of justice, because it is their duty to arrest oppressors, and not to comply with them on the detriment of the victims.
Let’s pray that the fanatics be touched and transformed by Holy Spirit, so that instead of breaking in for beating, they feel instead, compelled to worship along.
Let’s pray for the safety of Persecution Relief, that their efforts in raising the voices of the victims fructify in bringing them legal justice and protection. Let’s pray for the legal authorities to finally realize there is persecution over christians and spare the christians unnecessary summons.
In the 1st Half of 2020, Persecution Relief recorded 293 cases of Christian Persecution. In 2019 alone, we recorded the maximum number of 527 cases compared to 447 cases in 2018, 440 in 2017, and 330 in 2016. From January 2016 to June 2020, Persecution Relief has recorded 2067 cases of Hate crimes against Christians in India.
The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has downgraded India to the lowest ranking, ‘Countries of Particular Concern’(CPC) In its 2020 report. The US State Department ranked India’s persecution severity at “Tier 2” along with Iraq and Afghanistan. Over the past seven years, India has risen from No. 31 to No. 10 on Open Doors’ World Watch List, ranking just behind Iran in persecution severity.
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