Mob attacks Indian church, two critically injured

Christians attending a worship service in a village in India’s Chhattisgarh State have been assaulted and beaten, according to International Christian Concern (ICC).

ICC says a mob of more than 300 suspected Hindu radicals attacked the Bastar for Christ Movement Church in Jaripara and left nine members of the congregation injured, including two who are in a critical condition in hospital.

The attack happened on Sunday when the mob disrupted the service. Women and children were among those attacked. The church itself was vandalised and the furniture set on fire.

Those critically injured were Raju Sodi and Sangetha Kartami, who received wounds to their heads and hands. After initial treatment they were transferred to the government hospital in Dantewada.

A local pastor told ICC: ‘The attack on Jaripara’s Christians is inhuman and highly condemnable. These attacks are popping up on the backdrop of the state elections that are nearing. The BJP, who is in power in the state, makes it all the more easy for the Hindu radicals to carry on the hate campaign against religious minorities for the political gains.’

According to ICC, local police were at first reluctant to file a ‘First Information Report’ on the case, the latest in an escalating series of attacks on Christians in India since the election to power of the Hindu nationalist BJP. read more