Two Christian priests beaten, Bibles burnt by Hindutva mob in Chhattisgarh

“In Chhattisgarh, a recent spike in persecution can be attributed to a series of public rallies put on by radical Hindu nationalists where hate speeches against Christians are common. In one speech, a nationalist leader even called for the beheading of Christian evangelists in Chhattisgarh,” it added.

Two Christian pastors were ruthlessly beaten by a Hindutva mob in Chhattisgarh’s Dhamteri district on Tuesday, 2 November.

According to local reports, the assailants disrupted a prayer meeting, beat the two pastors, burned Bibles, and demanded the Christians stop holding worship services in Biler village.

The attack started around 4 p.m. when a Hindu mob led by Rajnikanth Devaghan and Nilambari Sahu disrupted the prayer meeting.

The Hindutva mob dragged Pastor Sasharath Maanikpuri and Pastor Kesar Manikpuri from the house where the prayer meeting was taking place, verbally abused them and beat them.

The assailants then confiscated Bibles and other Christian texts from the pastors and the congregation and burned them in the street outside of the building where the prayer meeting was taking place.

The Hindutva activists told the Christians to turn back to Hinduism and threatened that if they continued to hold worship services, they would be killed.

An attacker even told the Christians that they were not allowed to read the Bible or any other holy book related to the Christian faith.

Responding to the incident, International Christian Concern alleged that the attacks on Christians and their placed of worship in India have continued to increase both in number and severity.

“In Chhattisgarh, a recent spike in persecution can be attributed to a series of public rallies put on by radical Hindu nationalists where hate speeches against Christians are common. In one speech, a nationalist leader even called for the beheading of Christian evangelists in Chhattisgarh,” the Christian group said.