Indian Pastor Beaten Unconscious by Hindus

India MapNEW DELHI (Morning Star News) A pastor in Madhya Pradesh state is recovering after Hindu extremists last month beat him unconscious and left him in a pool of blood, sources said.

About 20 Hindu extremists in Fattiguda, Jhabua on Sept. 10 kicked, punched and beat with a club pastor Ajmer Singh Damor of Shalom Church, after storming into a prayer meeting at the home of Tihiya Vasunia, church leaders said.

“Pastor Ajmer remained unconscious for about five hours, and the local doctors transferred him to the district hospital due to the severity of his injuries,” area Christian leader Amiya Jal told Morning Star News. “He was treated in the hospital for more than a week.”

Most of the Christians at the gathering scattered and escaped harm, but the Hindu extremists also abducted church member Dilu Katara and beat him before releasing him later that evening. Katara received hospital treatment for abrasions and internal injuries. The assailants also beat Pastor Damor’s wife, Runita Damor, but she was able to flee with her 18-month-old baby, said the Sam Francis, an area Christian leader.

Yelling that all Christian worship meetings must cease, the assailants destroyed household items and slaughtered one of Vasunia’s goats, church leaders said.

“They killed the goat of Vasunia that was tied outside as they continued to shout that no such prayer should take place in the village in future,” Jal said. “It was a male goat worth about 6,000 rupees [US$92]. Vasunia is only a poor farmer, and he also lost most of his household items.”

Police registered a First Information Report against the attackers after the intervention of area Christian leaders, but it does not include the damage to Vasunia’s house and the killing of his goat, church leaders said.

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Christians Attacked, Arrested

Christians in Madhya Pradesh have grown increasingly alarmed over recent violence and false charges against them.

Authorities in Barkhat village, Bagh block, Dhar, on Sept. 6 arrested 14 Christians after the village head, Chetan Singh, summoned a meeting and threatened to kill Pastor Dayal Davar of Gram Barkhat Church (GBC).

“At 9 a.m. on Sept. 5, the village head along with the Hindu extremists threatened to beat up Pastor Davar if he continued to conduct any kind of Christian meetings, told him that they will not allow him to stay in the village and threatened to kill him if he did not renounce Christ,” GBC pastor Suresh Mandloi told Morning Star News.

Later that day at about 6 p.m., Pastor Davar and other area church leaders reported the matter to officers and sought police protection. Two hours later, police summoned Pastor Davar and ordered him to stop leading prayer meetings in the village; he was compelled to sign a paper stating that only he and his family would pray in his house.

The next day, however, before the pastor was able to notify the congregation not to gather for Sunday worship, about 100 Christians arrived. Hindu extremists showed up and began beating the Christians.

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Damor

“They beat up the congregation with their hands, clubs and footwear, including a woman, Sagar Bai, 50 years old, and tore up the clothes of one teenage girl, Bhawanti, and claimed that no Christian meetings should take place in the area,” Pastor Mandloi said.

Officers took 14 Christians to the Tanda police station, including an 11-year-old boy who was later released without charges. The other 13 were charged under Section 151 of the Indian Penal Code for disturbing the peace.

The Christians also submitted a complaint against the attackers, but police have not filed First Information Report against them.

On the same day (Sept. 6) in Kesla Kala village, Seoni, police arrested Christians Sunny Oman and John Alexander after a villager filed a police complaint against them of forceful conversion.

“Oman and Alexander were visiting a friend in Kesla Kala when a mob surrounded them and took them to the police station and falsely accused them of forceful conversion,” area church leader Jaykar Christy told Morning Star News. “The two were just visiting the village on the invitation of Chand Gedam, and there was no case of forceful conversion.

The Christians were charged under the state’s “anti-conversion” law, the so-called Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act, which prohibits forcible or fraudulent conversion. They were released on bail later that evening.

The previous day in Amjhera, Dhar, police arrested Pastor Paras Bilwal and two Christians after a Hindu extremist mob harassed them for their faith in Christ.

“Pastor Bilwal and two Christians, Raju and Roop Singh, were visiting some church members in the Nankhodara area when the anti-Christian people manhandled them, threatened them with dire consequences if they visited the village again and filed a police complaint against them of forceful conversion,” said Paul Munia, an area church leader.

The Christians were arrested under Section 295 of the Indian Penal Code for deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of others, and under the Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act. They were released on bail after four days.

Area church leaders said the Christians had engaged in no forceful conversion.


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  • Anonymous

    Pretty one sided story but what else can I expect from a christian page.

    “If you don’t Sin, jesus died for nothing”

  • s roy

    Can christian news address this following issues

    A>Sheryl Nuxoll, Idaho Senator, Calls Hinduism “A false religion with false gods”

    B>Idaho state senator defies call for apology to Hindus

    C>A woman of Indian origin has died after doctors in Ireland refused to
    perform an abortion, telling her that “this is a Catholic country”

    D>A Hindu temple has been vandalized with hate speech in the US state of
    Washington, sending shock waves through the community in the area

    E> California textbook controversy over Hindu history

    you know what I am sorry to born as a Hindu and i am also sorry to live in a
    third world country like India… if i were christian American or European then i could destroy other religion …. without any protest

    so please its my request sister see the other side of the coin before
    commenting about someone.. I think after being deep under dirt someone should
    not have the luxury to call others dirty.

    • http://www.bing.com/ Martin Smit

      Hey “s roy”, it seems you are unhappy with the treatment of your countrymen and your religion aboad. I will attempt to answer your queries (though I should mention I have nothing to do with this site – I’m just passing by):

      A. The hindu religion acknowledges neither the one true God, nor his Son Jesus Christ. It is thus not grounded on the truth, and is a false religion. You may be ignorant of the falsehood of your gods, and the emptiness of your teaching, but this does not make your beliefs true. You may well be shocked at hearing that your treasured beliefs are despised abroad, but surely the correct response is to provide convincing evidence and argument that your religion is in fact true, and your gods are in fact true? Such evidence does not exist.

      B. When you claim that your religion should be acknowledged as true by an apology (not rejected as false), you are thereby making a claim that the Christian religion is false. You cannot both complain that Christians name your religion as false, yet name Christianity as false.

      C. Familiarize yourself with the customs and medical treatment of a country before visiting. If it is your custom to kill your unborn children for convenience and “medical reasons”, do so at home.

      D. Cry me a river. Men with paint vandalize everything, without much distinction for true religion or false.

      E. If you don’t like the books, write your own. India produces excellent engineering text books, I don’t see why you believe you cannot explain the true nature of your gods as part of a popular curriculum. You will, of course, run into trouble if your goal is to sugar coat and misrepresent your religion.

      Even though you live in a third world country, the truth about Jesus Christ IS known in your country. You don’t have to live in the dirt. You may have to travel a little, but you can find a countryman of yours that is a true follower of Jesus Christ who will explain his faith in more gentle terms than these. Whatever falsehoods you believe, you are made in the image of the one true invisible God, for his glory. How can the God who made heaven and earth be worshiped by images made by human hands, as if he has need of something? God may well have overlooked your ignorance in the past, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.

      • s roy

        this is the reason you people are bitten up in india…… you people just believe in flat earth and virgin marry …. lol

        • http://www.bing.com/ Martin Smit

          You are beating up the people of Jesus Christ, but you are not in the least concerned with the answers to the questions you posed. You should know that God will judge the world by Jesus Christ, whose people you hate and vilify. There will be no lol when he answers you.

          • s roy

            Christianity is false…. why i have to fear a false power less man… lol… you people can not teach your own people ….. you Christian are most resist and hate spreading community i ever seen in my life…

    • Angry Wasp

      AB Well that sucks, but thats within her rights to believe that, and indeed to a christian, Hinduisum is pagan, so nowhere close to true.

      C. Well what would Indians do to a women asking for beef in a observant state of the nation?

      D/ Yes it should be investigated.

      E. If the histor says you guys have been deeply influnced by INdo Europeans, well its true.

      • s roy

        E. so means we should treat christian in india as we got in christian county…. then as per your ans…. to teach student about Christianity we should tell about virgin women can give birth(like virgin marry and criticize your religion ) … talk about flat earth… sun moving around earth and so on .

        • Angry Wasp

          Can you disprove it like we can disprove that Vedic religion orginatec exclusively in India but in Iran, near where the Dualists (zorostians) orignate?

          • s roy

            Hinduism did not start from vadic …… study about harappa and mahenjadaro (study indus civilization )

          • Angry Wasp

            NOpe it starts in Iran. Also I can see no refutations of the other points, so you support murdering people for eating beef?

          • s roy

            ” starts in iran” …. do you hv any prove… to your point ??? muslim don’t deserve better than this… we suffered a lot… now we are paing back … do you have any idea how bad Muslim and Christian country treat with hindus…. now this is our time …. so you can understand our pain !!!

          • s roy

            yes…. what is your prove ???… they copied from us