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Six Christians Hospitalized, Including 4-Year-Old Girl, Following Brutal Attack by Hindu Radicals


2/16/2016 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – India’s Christian community continues to suffer intense persecution as Hindu radicals unleashed another brutal assault on a Christian gathering in Nagepur village in Telangana State. This attack, which took place on January 17, resulted in the hospitalization of six Christians, most being admitted with severe internal injuries. Among the injured was a four-year-old girl who suffered a broken leg.

According to the 2015 Annual Report on Christian persecution released by the Catholic Secular Forum (CSF), Telangana was ranked as India’s second most persecuted state. The report also documented a 20% rise in Christian persecution overall in India, marking 2015 as the worst year for Christians since India’s independence in 1947.

According to International Christian Concern’s (ICC) sources, a mob of 40 Hindu radicals stormed into a Christian’s home during a prayer gathering in Nagepur and violently assaulted those in attendance. The prayer gathering had been planned by Mr. Poshetti, a member of the local branch of the Church of South India (CSI), who invited approximately 20 Christians to pray at his home.

“It was [a] very scary scene,” Pastor Nitin Kumar, head pastor of the local CSI church, told ICC. “They tore my cassock and I received blows, punches, [and] kicks from all directions as I was their prime target. [Our] Bibles were snatched from us and were tore and trampled. [Other] believers ran to all directions as they were chased by the mob.”

The Hindu radicals caused further damage by destroying the musical instruments and other electronics being used at the prayer gathering. The attackers also harassed the Christian women in attendance, leaving some of the young Christian girls traumatized.

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