Police officers in India’s Tamil Nadu state reportedly attacked and injured worshipers during a house church service earlier this month as hostility against Christianity in India continues.
Five police officers and a female police inspector named Jeyalakshmi interrupted a praise and worship service happening in an underground house church on the night of Oct. 6 in the Kanyakumari District town of Aralvaimozhi, Morning Star News reports.
Pastor Yesudas told the persecution news website that the police officers disrupted the service and abused him with “filthy language.” When the congregants asked what they did wrong, Yesudas explained that the police officers started physically attacking the worshippers.
Yesudas claims that the police inspector held him by the neck and beat him in the stomach and back.
“My wife and the believers tried to protect me, but they were also injured,” Yesudas explained. “We did not know what to do and tried to phone call pastors from neighboring areas.”
Pastor Yesudas called on his friend Pastor Satyaseelan to come to the church and help after the attack.
“Pastor and his wife were injured and howling in pain,” Satyaseelan was quoted as saying. “Chairs and Bibles could be seen thrown aside. One of the constables was manhandling the believers while Jeyalakshmi continued abusing in foul language. I can’t repeat those words. She was raging in anger.”
Although the Christian community has since called on the the superintendent of police in the Kanyakumari District to hold Jeyalakshmi and the five officers accountable for their attack on the worship service, Sathyaseelan said that no action has been taken.
Citing a local anonymous source, Morning Star News notes the police in the district are under control of a leader from the Bharatiya Janata Party, a political party founded in collaboration with the Hindu nationalist group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
“Inspector Jeyalakshmi is close associate to local RSS leaders,” the source explained.
India ranks as the 11th worst country in the world when it comes to Christian persecution, according to Open Doors USA’s 2018 World Watch List. Over the last several years, India has consistently ranked higher each year on the World Watch List.
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Source: Christian Post