India’s Christians continue to face hate and intolerance, according to International Christian Concern (ICC).
ICC reports 25 Hindu Radicals attacked and vandalized a Pentecostal church in Chhattisgarh state during its Sunday service on March 6.
The church is located in Kachana colony, in the state capital of Raipur.
The attacks come on the heels of a letter from the U.S. Congress to India’s Prime Minister, expresing grave concern over increased religious intolerance in India.
According to witnesses, the radicals beat 60 Christians gathered at the church and forcibly stripped several women. They also destroyed Bibles, musical instruments and chairs.
Arun Pannalal, President of the Chhattisgarh Christian Forum, said the radicals claimed their attack was justified by accusing the church of conducting forced conversions.
“They began alleging that people were being converted,” Pannalal told the media. “They fled before police could reach the spot. This is the sixth attack on churchgoers in Chhattisgarh in the past six weeks.”
Although police arrested seven people for the attack, local activists say that’s unusual. The claim there’s an atmosphere of looking the other way when it comes to the activity of Hindu radicals, and that has opened the door to several attacks in Chhattisgarh over the past week.
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