Hindutva extremists disrupted the Bible distribution and beaten up the evangelists in Paschim Bardhaman

  March 6, 2018

  Barddhaman, West Bengal

  Intimidation, Threats and Harassment, Physical assault, Social Ostracism


On 6th March 2018, Hindutva extremists disrupted the Bible distribution and beaten up the evangelists in Paschim Bardhaman, West Bengal.

Evangelists and youth desired to invite people for Easter service. On the 1st day, 05th March, the distribution of tracts went on peacefully and passers-by readily received them. The brothers would engage them in a conversation and share the gospel. People readily offered Rs. 2/- to buy the booklet on the Gospel of John. On the 2nd day, 06th of March, tracts were again distributed throughout the morning. Resting for a while in the afternoon, they resumed distribution at 5:30 pm, getting the same response from the public.Unexpectedly, two hindutva extremists armed with bamboo sticks, confronted the group, accusing them of indulging in conversion activities, they threatened the group with dire consequences and demanded to stop the distribution of tracts immediately.

They started to beat the evangelist in the busy market place. Hindutva extremists abused the evangelist and told that Christians were taking foreign money to distribute Christian books in order to convert people. The Evangelist patiently explained that no one can be forced to become a Christian. Soon, a large crowd gathered, and several people began relating their experience in support of the Evangelist and the group.

They stated that they were blessed by reading the tracts and explained that there was no compulsion to take the tracts if they found it offensive. Eventually, the members of the public escorted the brothers to their motor bikes and send them away safely.


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