ASIA/INDIA - Protestant Pastor beaten by Hindu militants

Saturday, 27 August 2016 hinduism   violence   religious minorities   persecutions  

New Delhi (Agenzia Fides) - Sunny Tyagi, who converted to Christianity and became a Protestant Pastor, was beaten by a mob of Hindu radicals who broke into a private house where a prayer meeting in the district of Gonda, in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, was being held. This was reported to Fides by Sajan K. George, President of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC).
On August 26, 2016, around 8 am, Pastor Sunny Tyagi of the Church of the Assembly of believers was leading a liturgy in the house of a believer, when suddenly ten Hindu radical militants broke into the house and interrupted the meeting, threatening the faithful and started beating the pastor, accused of proselytizing.
"The Pastor - explains Sajan K. George - was not engaged in any criminal activity, and was not doing anything unconstitutional: he was beaten for no reason. It is an act of gratuitous violence and a violation of religious freedom guaranteed by the Indian Constitution. The Global Council of Indian Christians strongly condemned the incident and calls on the national Commission for human rights to investigate and do justice". (NC-PA) (Agenzia Fides 27/08/2016)