Christians Harassed in Tamil Nadu, India

  April 21, 2012

  Sivaganga, Tamil Nadu

  Intimidation, Threats and Harassment, Physical assault

About alleged 100 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers led by A. Raja and another identified only as Chidambaram on April 21 beat 15 Christians for proclaiming Christ in Paganeri, Shivagangai.

It was reported that the Hindu extremists beat the Christians, burned their Bibles and tracts, seized their vehicle key and destroyed their megaphone. The Christian group, led by an evangelist identified only as Jessudoss from Kandanur, had gone to the area in a van fitted with a megaphone. They filed a complaint at the Paganeri police station against the attackers, but officers took no action.

The Christians then went to the Deputy Superintendent of Police, who immediately sent officers to the site; they helped arrange an agreement between the assailants and the victims with the help of the village head, and the Hindu extremists returned the vehicle key to the pastor. Later that same evening, however, the BJP members returned and beat Jessudoss.

They told Christians they would not hesitate to attack them again.

In another incident on April 11 in Emapur, Villupuram district , alleged Hindu extremists led by Balaji beat up a pastor and pressured his landlord to send him out from his rented place.

It was reported that Pastor Caleb was on his way to preach the gospel in the village when a group of extremists objected to his preaching, verbally abused him and mercilessly beat him up. The extremists further pressurized the pastor’s landlord to vacate the room he let out to the pastor as the Christians have been conducting the worship service in the same rented house.

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