Discrimination because of religion, Tamil Nadu
Religious discrimination is becoming commonplace in India.
Pastor Elavazuthi Sudhakar, ministering near Chennimalai Kumarapa Bus Stop, Kumarapuri, Chennimalai, Erode District, Tamil Nadu, had rented a property for the explicit use as a place of worship, from a lady in the locality. After taking possession of the property, Pastor was engaged with some labourers, in giving the place a face-lift, with interior fittings of some lights and fans and other interior work.
Suddenly, a hostile and aggressive mob of religious fanatics, under the leadership of a Thyagaraj, barged into the place, demanding that the work be stopped with immediate effect. He instigated all the labourers to stop work and demanded that Pastor vacate the place. He threatened that they would not allow a Church in the area and warned of consequences.
Speaking to Persecution Relief, Pastor Sudhakar and Bro. Pravinam Brachamans, approached the Police with an application, to report the incident. However, the Police refused to register a complaint or investigate the matter. Instead, Pastor was directed to meet with the Collector to secure permission to worship at the location.
Religion-based discrimination incidents have significantly increased in recent years. In an urban, cosmopolitan city of Erode in Tamil Nadu, this is not an isolated case, but the norm.
Church, pray that Pastor Sudhakar will not be discourage in his faith, but that God would open a door for an alternate accommodation.
Several house churches have been prevented from holding prayer gatherings, which is part of an ever-widening nationwide operation targeting unofficial “house churches” across India.
Freedom of religion in India is a fundamental right guaranteed by Article 25-28 of the Constitution of India. Every citizen of India has a right to practice and promote their religion peacefully.
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