A rising wave of attacks against non-Hindus has been triggered ever since the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took power in India.
A Christian couple in Bihar state was targeted and injured while the Hindu extremists beat and publicly resolved to kill them. According to the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI), a group of men forcefully entered the home of Shri Lal Khatiyan in Balwanazir, Kaliyanganj, the morning of Aug. 30, calling him and his wife pagans as they beat him. When Khatiyan’s wife, Asha Devi, tried to intervene, they called her a slut and hit her on the head with the handle of a sickle. A local pastor said, “Asha sustained a deep cut on her head, and Lal has pain in his chest,” adding that their injuries required hospital treatment.