A pastor and his wife were severely injured after they were attacked whilst praying in their home on 22 April in Sitamarhi in India’s Bihar state.
According to Pastor Ram Niwas, his four brothers and another villager, who are supporters of the Bajrang Dal (the militant wing of the Hindu nationalist organization Vishwa Hindu Parishad), broke into their property with a hammer while they were praying and started beating them with sticks. A church member called Narender, who had gone to the couple’s home for prayer, came to the couple’s aid, while the remaining mob from the Bajrang Dal stood outside the house.
Pastor Niwas’s shoulder was fractured in the attack, while his wife Pinky sustained severe head injuries which required medical attention. Narender was also severely injured and was taken to the Muzaffarpur hospital for treatment. The attack was recorded on CCTV installed at the pastor’s house, but the recording and video camera was confiscated and handed to a local Bharatiya Janata Party leader Arun Singh.
According to a local source, Pastor Niwas had been a target of the militant group for some time and has been accused of carrying out conversions and forcing people to consume beef (cows are sacred to Hindus).
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SOURCE: Christian Solidarity Worldwide