A mob attacks Christians and prevents Bible studies
A mob of Hindu nationalists attacked the Pentecostal Church of the Nazarene at Sehkari Nagar in Uttar Pradesh, India and interrupted a session of Bible studies. The assailants also demolished the cross on the church roof and hoisted the orange flag, a symbol of Hindutva. The police, who arrived two hours after the incident, arrested 14 people but has released 12 soon after.
The mob — armed with hockey sticks and mason's hammers attacked the Pentecostal Church of the Nazarene. The assailants interrupted the session of biblical studies, beat the pastor RC Paul and some Christians who were trying to protect him. To be hurt even the young daughter of the religious. After their assault, they destroyed the cross on the church roof and hoisted an orange Hindutva flag in its place. The incident occurred at Sehkari Nagar, Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh on July 16, 2014. The attack was reported by Sajan K. George, President of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC).
Sajan George told, "The situation in Uttar Pradesh is alarming. Tiny Christian community that lives here is very vulnerable to attack, never provoked, which come from Hindu fundamentalists. These people take the law into their own hands and attack the faithful, places of worship and religious functions. Church of the Nazarene has been here since 1991 and has always given help and hope to the people.
Christians says, "They are attacked even in their private homes. Did not do anything illegal or unconstitutional, are beaten in their hatred of the faiths. GCIC appealed to the National Commission for Human Rights: make something against the growing intolerance that affects the Christian community and the faithful, give security to them and their places of worship."
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