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Indian pastor and son assaulted by extremists after a prayer meeting


An Indian pastor and his son ruthlessly beaten by a mob of Hindu extremists after the father and son were returning from a prayer meeting. 43-year-old Pastor Ramesh Vasunia, his son Rahul were on their way home after a prayer meeting was over when a mob lied in wait and attacked them as soon as they arrived. The attackers severely beat them without revealing their motives. The mob unleashed brutal torture using wooden sticks and clubs, and beat them for at least half an hour.

Christian persecution in India

Talking to International Christian Concern, Pastor Ramesh said: “I cried so much and begged them with my hands folded to spare us, as my son already slipped into unconsciousness with the bleeding injuries. I could hear a voice from the crowd saying, ‘Kill them!’ Then I saw one person lifting a big rock to crash [on] my head and I thought to myself that they will kill us.”

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When the assailants were attacking them, one of the members of their congregation arrived at the scene; it was only after his intervention which resulted in end to their ordeal. Pastor Ramesh and Rahul were rushed to a hospital where they received medical treatment.

Pastor Ramesh reported the incident to the police. His quandary was not over “When I went to the police station after three days with the complaint, the police in charge of Antarveliya station threatened me with abusive language. He told me that he will send me to jail for preaching about Jesus and said, ‘Don’t you know that the BJP is in power?’” he said.

This is not the first time that Pastor Ramesh and his congregation faced trouble. Last year, they had to face religion based persecution when Pastor Ramesh and his congregants were jailed over false accusations. They were beaten in jail, while they claimed that they were forced to clean toilets in jail. In line with Indian Prison Statistics, Christians are most likely to be arrested and imprisoned in India.