(International Christian Concern) – Earlier this month, on Aug. 10, Pastor Hemant Meher was attacked and beaten by a mob of Hindu radicals in Dalki village, located in India’s northeastern state of Odisha.
Following the attack on the pastor, the radicals initiated a social boycott against the Christian community of Dalki until they either “reconverted” to Hinduism or left the village.
Speaking to International Christian Concern (ICC), Pastor Meher explained that he has been leading his ministry in the Jajpur district of Odisha for the past six years. As a part of this ministry, he regularly visited Dalki and another village to preach the Christian message.
Through these efforts, several villagers in Dalki decided to convert to Christianity and stopped going to local temples and contributing to Hindu festivals.