Approximately 60 Christians were gathered in the church when a mob of between 150 and 200 armed religious fundamentalists from the nearby village of Bhejgar barged in at around 10am shouting Hindu chants of “Long Live Shri Ram”.
Source: Christian Solidarity Worldwide
When some of the women stood up to the attackers and questioned the reason for the vandalism, they were told that since they were born in India, they had to remain Hindus and worship Hindu deities.
While the pastor of the church submitted a written complaint which named the perpetrators of the attack, the police initially neglected to register a First Information Report (FIR). A FIR was finally filed at around 11pm on 29 August, but the police removed the names of the individuals mentioned in the pastor’s complaint.
The church in Polmi has been used as a place of worship for almost 20 years. It was planted by Sonsingh Paraste, and is currently led by Mr Paraste’s son, Kamal Singh Paraste, after his father passed away from COVID-19. Sources report that the Christians had lived in peace with the other villagers for years prior to the attack.
Let us pray.
- Pray the church members will experience God’s healing, encouraging and strengthening presence as they come to terms with the attack.
- Pray the authorities will take the situation seriously and act in a just manner towards all parties.
- Pray the Christians will be willing to forgive and intercede for the fundamentalists who perpetrated this attack.