Frequent attacks on pastor and believers in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu

  May 9, 2017

  Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu

  Complicity of Authorities, Damage to Property, Intimidation, Threats and Harassment, Physical assault, Restrictions on religious assembly


There have been frequent attacks against Christians in Thennampalayam, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.

A church was conducting Vacational Bible School (VBS) from May 1 – 3, 2017. On May 3rd, a group of Hindutva activists barged into the church and started beating up the believers as they were bringing their children for VBS.

They beat the believers in front of the police and the police took videos of it. The attackers made allegations that the Christians were practicing religious conversions. They threatened and assaulted the believers, used abusive language and also threw stones at the church building.

On 7th May 2017, a photographer came to the church and started to take photos and videos. The attackers reached the spot and started to use abusive language and didn’t allow the church service to continue.

The pastor’s wife called the DSP and he reached the spot. The believers then continued the worship service under the protection of DSP.
Later, the FIR was lodged.

The pastor, along with believers and leaders, was called to the taluk and the SP promised them that there will be action taken against the attackers. However, no arrest have been made or attempted so far.

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