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March 03, 2005

Christian persecution in India

From The Christian Post:

A Pentecostal pastor was killed last Saturday in the northeastern Indian state of Orissa, according to Mar. 1 media reports. The attack is the latest in recent spat of violence that Hindu fundamentalists claim “is a spontaneous reaction by local people against missioners adamant on conversion”.

In the latest incident of violence, AsiaNews reported that 22-year-old Dilip Dalai of the Orissa Follow-up community was stabbed to death at his home in Begunia village about 60 kilometers (37 miles) west of the state capital of Bhubaneswar.

Pastor Hrudayaban Dandia, head of Orissa Follow-up, told AsiaNews that villagers suspect Satrughan Pal, a Begonia Hindu, of the crime. On several occasions Pal had opposed pastors staying in the village and preaching the Gospel.

Dandia said the killing might have been aimed to “put an end to the spread of the Gospel.”

Just a few weeks earlier, on Feb. 16, Pastor Gilbert Raj of the India Mission was tortured and murdered. Hindu fundamentalists are claiming that the recent violence “is a spontaneous reaction by local people against missioners adamant on conversion”.

What exactly are these missionaries doing that would be more “adamant” than torturing and murdering someone?

Posted by Jack Lewis at March 3, 2005 09:13 AM

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