CHRISTIAN pastors and worshippers were set upon by Hindu extremists in a series of attacks over the Easter period.
Open Doors, an anti-persecution Christian charity, have revealed a week of chaos for Christians in the country over the festive period.
They warned these violent Easter attacks brought the total number of attacks on Christians in India this year to 11.
On Palm Sunday, religious extremists disrupted a church service in Hyderdad and threatened to punish the Christians if they didn’t stop praying.
Three days later 20 extremists stormed a baptism service and assaulted the parishioners. The Pastor and two others were badly injured in the attack.
On 30 March, Pastor Maddira Kotireddy was left in a critical condition after he was attacked by religious extremists with an axe. He lost several fingers in the attack, and was injured in the stomach, shoulders, face and hands.
Another Pastor was stoned by attackers on 31 March and was hospitalised after the assault.
And on Easter Sunday a pastor in Coimbatore was beaten and suffered a head injury after a group of extremists stormed his church.
The attacks came after widespread protests across the country after the government of Meghalaya, a state in north-east India, proposed making Good Friday a ‘normal working day’, even though Christians account for 75 percent of the population of the state. read more…