On 11 August, members of a Hindu mob brutally attacked four Christian women who had gathered for prayer in Sarurpur village in Faridabad, Harayana.
As a result of the attack, the four women have been hospitalized. One of the women, named Sangeeta, is reportedly fighting for her life.
According to local sources, Pastor Rajesh Gupta, who serves as a church planter in the area, was visiting Sarupur village with his wife and daughter when the attack happened.
As Pastor Rajesh and his family were visiting a Christian home, the mob approached. Sensing danger, Pastor Rajesh fled. Enraged, the attackers went into the home and brutally beat the four women that had gathered, including Pastor Rajesh’s wife and daughter.
As a result of the attack, the four women were severely injured. Sangeeta, Pastor Rajesh’s wife, sustained multiple injuries including a leg fracture and internal injuries to the abdomen after she was hit with an iron rod. Sushma, another woman who had gathered in the house, sustained a serious head injury after being hit either with an iron rod or a wooden club.
All four women were taken to Life Hospital in Faridabad for treatment. However, all come from poor backgrounds and are struggling to manage the medical expenses that are being incurred as a result of the injuries. A police complaint has been filed against the ten people, but no actions have been taken against the assailants by police.
Since the current ruling party took power in 2014, incidents against Christians have increased, and Hindu nationalists often attack Christians with little to no consequences.