Pastor beaten up at Hindu ashram in West Bengal, India

  August 17, 2014

  Paschim Medinipur, West Bengal

  Intimidation, Threats and Harassment, Physical assault

On 17th August 2014, a Pastor was beaten by Hindu Extremists in Chandipur,East Medinipur for not reconverting to Hinduism and repeating the chants. The incident occurred while returning from the Church service that he had conducted that morning. The Pastor went to Goumutha Church in East Medinipur for the Sunday worship Service. After the Church service, at about 4.30 pm, he went to the Chandipur Bus stop to board into a bus to return back home and while waiting decided to have tea. Two Hindu extremists came to him with printed handbills by local Hindu extremists and asked the Pastor to read it aloud. They then probed him about his whereabouts and forcefully took to them to their Ashram at Kotal Village. They then repeatedly beat him and ask him to chant Hindu mantras while they put a Tilak on his forehead. They then took him to four other of their centers and tortured him for the rest of the evening. They took away his ATM card, mobile and all his documents.

The Pastor was then given three options in order to be released – first, he had to recant his faith and re-convert into his old faith, Hinduism, secondly, he had to worship the Gods in the temple and thirdly, provide details of those who support him financially. They also threatened him that they would kill him if these conditions were not fulfilled. They also compelled him to sign some papers where they wrote that he would not convert any one.

When the Pastor did not fulfill these conditions, they threatened him of dire consequences and released at 11.30 pm. No report was filed till press time.

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