Pastor beaten and paraded naked in Karnataka, India

  January 23, 2012

  Karnataka, Uttara Kannada

  Intimidation, Threats and Harassment, Physical assault

On January 23rd, 2012 Pastor Rev. Kalappa Chandrakanth Chavan along with 20 other believers of New Life Fellowship Church was attacked by a dozens of Hindu activists in, Bijjahalli, Haliyal in Karwar District of Karnataka.

The incident occurred at around 8 pm when Pastor Chandrakanth was conducting a prayer meeting at one Mrs. Manjula’s house. The pastor was accompanied by his friend and another believer Kishore Kavalekar. As the prayer meeting was about to come to an end some 20 Hindu RSS radicals barged into the house pelting abuses.

Accusing them of forced conversions, the radicals begun to beat both Kishore Kavalekar and Rev. Chandrakanth in front his wife Vandana, and 3 year old daughter. The Hindu extremists proceeded to tore the clothes of the pastor and dragged him in front of the whole village. Finally they tied him to a tree near a Hindu temple and called the Haliyal police.

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