Christian Attacked in Andhra Pradesh, India

  April 12, 2012

  Andhra Pradesh, East Godavari

  Intimidation, Threats and Harassment, Physical assault

Alleged Hindu extremists from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in Kakinada, East Godavari on April 12 tied and stabbed a pastor’s son, as well as beat the pastor and his wife.

It was reported that the extremists went to the home of the pastor, identified only as Ratnababu, and urgently asked for him. When his son, Madhu, opened the door, the RSS members pounced on him, stuffed his mouth with cloth and tied his hands and legs. One of the Hindu extremists sprinkled chili powder in Madhu’s eyes, and they lacerated his ankle and other parts of his body. Then they started beating the pastor and his wife.

The extremists had a gas can for setting fire to the house, but a neighbor who heard the cries of the pastor’s wife arrived, and the extremists fled. Madhu and others identified the assailants and named them in their complaint, registered at the hospital where he received treatment, but police filed a case against “unknown persons.”

Pastor Ratnababum, who has served the Christu Asinadu Prarthana Mandir church for 15 years, had previously received several death threats and survived three attempts to burn his church building, according to the GCIC. RSS members have manipulated the police into arresting the pastor two times in the last six months.. An attorney has petitioned the Andhra Pradesh High Court to stop the violation of religious rights and personal safety of the pastor and his family. It is also reported that callous indifference of officials against the violence has traumatized the 500-plus church members.

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