Church Burned, Christians attacked in Karnataka, India

  June 26, 2013

  Hassan, Karnataka

  Damage to Property, Intimidation, Threats and Harassment

On 26 June, Hindu extremists burned up a church, beat up a pastor and five church members in Narasipura, Hassan District.

The extremists burned down Zion church at about 10 p.m after they repeatedly threatened to harm the Christians if they continued to conduct worship meetings in the area.

Again on 29 June, the extremists massed up to burn the temporary shed the Christians built for conducting prayer meetings and beat up Pastor and the church members as they tried to stop the extremists.

The Christians ran to the police station. However, the police refused to file a case against the attackers and summoned the two parties for a compromise.

The police told the extremists not to disturb the Christians in future and the Christians were told to pray quietly in their respective homes and not to gather for a prayer meeting.

On 3 June, about 1000 Hindu people shouting anti-Christian slogans staged a protest rally against the Pastor and his ministry and demanded the eradication of Christianity in the area.

The extremists continued to harass the Christians at press time. Area Christian leaders are meeting the higher officials to bring calm to the situation.

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