Hindutva extremists disrupted the prayer meeting and threatened the Christians not to conduct the prayer meeting in Erode

  August 5, 2018

  Erode, Tamil Nadu

  Complicity of Authorities, Intimidation, Threats and Harassment, Restrictions on religious assembly

  Women


On 5th August 2018, Hindutva extremists disrupted the prayer meeting and threatened the Christians not conduct the prayer meeting in Erode, Tamil Nadu.

Hindutva extremists along with the Rangam Palayam police inspector barged into the place where the Christians had gathered to pray peacefully and rudely disrupted the prayers and threatened not to continue the prayers in Erode. The Christians submitted a representation to the Collector of Erode seeking permission to continue conducting of prayers at the aforementioned rented premises.

A few days prior to that, on 23.7.2018, police inspectors from the Rangam Palayam Police Station, representing themselves as being CB-CID officers, visited the premises and told that Pastor should seek such a permission to continue the prayers from the District Collector. Even as the application was pending before the Collector for his kind consideration, Pastor was called to the office of DSP, Erode town, late evening on 4.8.2018, where he was asked whether he had obtained the permission of the Collector to conduct such prayers. He explained to the DSP that he was awaiting the reply of the Collector.


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