04/09/2018 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – The observance of Holy Week in India often highlights the country’s vulnerable Christian community. Prayer services, vigils, and processions mark the week, starting on Palm Sunday and ending with Easter.
This year, the observance of Holy Week was tarnished by a series of attacks by Hindu radicals on Christians simply practicing their faith. International Christian Concern (ICC) documented 10 such attacks across India, resulting in the hospitalization of several Christians with severe injuries. Below are three examples of the violence that these Christians endured.
“I was terrified to see my father in [a] pool of blood with multiple injuries,” Yohashua Reddy told ICC as he described the attack on his 55-year-old father, Pastor Koti Reddy. The deadly attack took place at 10:40 p.m. on March 29 as Pastor Reddy was praying on the grounds of Prathyaksha Gudaram Church, adjacent to his family home in Renichentala village in Andhra Pradesh.
According to Yohashua, his father was attacked by an unknown assailant wielding an ax. Pastor Reddy sustained five major injuries and remains in Narsaraopet hospital. “I didn’t know if my father would survive,” Yohashua told ICC. “We immediately rushed him to the hospital.”
Pastor Reddy’s family suspects that there is a connection between this attack and several death threats that their father has received, warning him to close down the church.
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