Radical Hindus threaten to sacrifice a Pastor over Bible tracts in India
A group of Hindu extremists in India brutally tortured a pastor, belting his head and threatening to sacrifice him to their god because he distributed Bible tracts.
Morning Star News reports that recently Shelton Vishwanathan, a house church pastor, was handing out Gospel tracts in Tiryani village, in Bihar state’s Sheohar District when six Hindu radicals approached him and ordered him to stop.
Though the pastor complied, one Hindu seized the keys from his scooter, took away his phone and signalled the others to attack him. “They punched my back and told me that they would offer me as a sacrifice to their deity as a punishment for distributing gospel tracts,” he recalled. “They struck severe blows to my head so that I soon fainted.”
When he regained consciousness, he found himself locked in a dark room. One week later, an elderly woman who lives nearby heard his cries and knocked on the door, he said. The woman took him out of the room and later gave him food and water, saving his life.
This is not the first time the pastor has been attacked for his faith. In June 2019, eight Hindu extremists in Sheohar District pushed him off his scooter, breaking his hand and foot as they beat him. Though the legal advocacy group Alliance Defending Freedom India urged the pastor to file charges against the attackers, he refused.
“I had come under attack several times for leading a home church and sharing the gospel in villages but survived only because of God’s grace. Even in the past, the police warned me that there is a threat to my life (…)”
Christianity is practised by less than 0.5% of the population, while Hindus make up 82.7% of the population.