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Hindu extremists attack Christian pastor and family with sharp weapons in India

While praying, a Christian pastor and his family were brutally attacked by radical Hindu extremists wielding sharp weapons amid an increase in incidents of religious persecution in the country. Asia News reports that Pastor Rajesh Gupta was praying in the home of another believer when the Hindu radicals attacked him and his family.


A friend rescued Gupta and his family and drove them to the hospital, where his wife remains hospitalised with a fractured hand and leg. The beating of Gupta and his family marks the second attack against Christians carried out by groups of suspected Hindu radicals in Faridabad in recent months.

On the 20th of June, a group of Hindu fundamentalists attacked an education centre that is part of the Grace Assembly of God Church in Faridabad and placed a Hindu deity statue inside.

The Hindus claimed that a Hindu temple had existed on the same site as the church. However, the Christian church had been worshipping in that location for the past fifteen years, and the land was purchased from a local person who occupied it for 47 years prior to that purchase.

Open Doors notes that incidents of persecution against Christians in India have increased since the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party took power in 2014. Often, Hindu radicals “attack Christians for little or no reason.”

A recent report from United Christian Forum in India — a Christian organisation that advocates on behalf of Christians in India, found that attacks on Christians and their places of worship in India continued to escalate in both number and severity in the early months of 2020, with 27 violent incidents reported in March alone.

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