Pastor and elderly mother assaulted in Church attack

  July 3, 2016

  Gurdaspur, Punjab

  Damage to Property, Intimidation, Threats and Harassment, Physical assault

A Christian Pastor, his elderly mother, son and nephew were severely assaulted in a brutal attack by 12-15 men from another religious community in village Mallian, district Gurdaspur, Punjab. The attack took place early on Sunday before the Church service when there were about 15 women Church members besides the Pastor’s family. The attackers were carrying wooden sticks, sharp weapons with which they were attacked while the women fled. They aggressors verbally abused them and demeaned their faith in Christ. The mob hit the Pastor’s 90-years-old mother with a brick which hit her above her left eyebrow. She was rushed to the hospital, got stitches and was hospitalized. The mob vandalized the Church, broke the cross, door and windows.

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