Authorities fail to act, Church remains closed after being forcefully shut!

  July 3, 2016

  Udham Singh Nagar, Uttarakhand

  Complicity of Authorities, Intimidation, Threats and Harassment

A Church was forcefully shut down in the month of July 2016 by right-wing religious fanatics. During a Sunday morning worship service, a mob of fanatics had arrived at the church and made threats to its Pastor, demanding that the church be closed down. They also verbally abused church members present there including the women. These threats and disruptions continued for several weeks.

This house Church consisting of nearly 250 members has been operative since August, 1992 at the home of a Christian belonging to Udham Singh Nagar, Uttarakhand.

Although the Pastor of the Church filed an FIR at the nearby Dineshpur police station, no action has been taken by the police yet to help the Christians resume their prayers and in order to restrain the culprits.

Instead, the local police has shocking suggested to the Christians that since the area has very few Christians, they should consider having the prayers elsewhere in the interest of communal harmony!

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