A mob of 200 radical Hindu nationalists attacked congregants at a church in India’s Uttarakhand state last week. Christian leaders are now demanding that authorities take “strict action” against the attackers.
Union of Catholic Asian News (UCAN) reports that the mob barged into the church on Oct. 3 while worshippers in Roorkee Town were gathering for Sunday morning service.
After making their way in, the radicals started beating church members and vandalized church properties. At least three Christian women were seriously injured and were taken to a nearby hospital.
The attackers were identified as members of the pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal. They claim their actions were appropriate and accused the church of engaging in illegal conversion activities.
“We demand strict action against them and police protection for us,” Prio Sadhana Lanse, a leader in the church, told UCAN.
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