Church attacked, stones pelted on Christians in Alirajpur

  May 4, 2016

  Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh

  Complicity of Authorities, Damage to Property, Intimidation, Threats and Harassment, Physical assault


On 4 May, in Jobat, Alirajpur, a mob of 500 people, led by hindutva fanatics, attacked a Church, damaging the entrance of the Church and also pelted stones at the Christians who were present. The attackers alleged that two Christian brother had damaged saffron flags put up near the Church for a Hindu festival. Even though the police had registered a case against the brothers and were conducting an investigation, a mob of 500 led by a politician surrounded the Church and started pelting stones. The Pastor of the Church explained that the flags were probably torn because of strong winds, however the mob even attacked Christian women. It is reported that all this happened before the eyes of the police officers, who stood by as silent spectators. Later, the politician and others were reportedly booked on charges of rioting, defiling a place of worship and misbehaving with women.


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