Pastor beaten during Sunday Worship service, dragged to Police Station, Uttar Pradesh
Pastor Raju Prasad has been ministering with “Believer’s Church”, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, for the past 7 years serving the Lord.
On Sunday, 27th July, at around 6.30 pm, worship service had just started and they were singing songs. Sunday service was being conducted at Bro. Milton’s house in Kanshiram Colony.
Few Sisters who are part of Believer’s Church, were approaching the Church, along with Bro. Nandlal and Bro. Vishwakarma. Identifying them with their typical white saree, the religious fanatics rounded them up, abused the sisters and brutally beat up the brothers.
The fanatics brought the brothers to the Church and pulled out Pastor Raju Prasad and beat him up as well, accusing him of indulging in conversion activities.
Soon, as if on cue, Police arrived and escorted Pastor Raju to the local Ramadevi Police Station. The mob of fanatics followed the Police vehicle, and were totally out of control, shouting ‘jai sri ram’ slogans, instigating the Police to file charges against Pastor and the 2 brothers. They even beat Pastor in the Police Station, behaving with impunity, while the Police remained mute spectators.
Pastor and the 2 brothers were detained from 6.30 pm to 11 pm and finally released without any charges being filed, but after being warned that stern action would be taken if they continued to worship the following Sunday.
Speaking to Persecution Relief, a disappointed Pastor Raju mentioned that this entire episode was telecast in a prejudiced manner, on local TV Channels and Newspapers, casting aspersions and false accusations on Christians.
Totally unexpected, Pastor said, was being asked by the Land Lord, to vacate the house.
In spite of facing such an unexpected turn of events, he was barely given time to look for alternate accommodation. By the grace of God, he managed to find an alternate place and move out the very next day.
Pastor added that his children, 2 daughters, have been traumatized and terrified with the attack on Sunday morning and the behaviour of the fanatics. In fact, his older daughter fainted during the attack. Both daughters were in tears the whole day.
The fanatics and police have threatened him not to hold any worship services in future.
“More than all that my family and I endured, the fact that more than 100 people who used to gather to worship will now be scattered and with no place to meet, really breaks my heart”.
India has become very intolerant towards Christians to practice their faith. Many house Church’s and worship places are been forcefully closed down with believers having no legal recourse.
100’s of Churches have been closed down in Jaunpur and other districts of Uttar Pradesh.
Believers are unable to worship with freedom as they are uncertain when they will be attacked and beaten up. During Church attacks, the fanatics video records the whole attack and post it on social media, shrewdly and slyly, encouraging others also to do the same thing in their villages and towns. Local administration and Police, who are guardians of the law, are making no efforts at all to ensure that Citizens are able to exercise their Constitutionally granted rights in india.
In 2018, Persecution Relief has recorded 477 incidents of hate-crimes against Christians. Uttar Pradesh recorded 129 incidents.
In the first six months of 2019, we have recorded 208 incidents of hate crimes, with 39 cases from Uttar Pradesh alone.
Local Christian and Minority Leaders gathered together in unity and Pastor’s Social Welfare Association handed over a memorandum to the Addl Director General of Police asking for protection and fair trial. The team was lead by Christian and other Minority Leaders, Rev Amarjit Singh Pr Diamond Yusuf, Rev Reji John, Rev Anil Bali,Sardar Mohkam Singh,Sardar Kawaljit Singh,Haji Mohamed Salish, Mr Chadresen amd others.
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