Christian Pastor And Wife Attcked By Mob

On 14th June, Pastor Tomy Joseph and his wife Veena were visiting a Christian family in Pinjore, Haryana when a mob of over 50 people gathered at the house. They questioned the purpose of their visit and according to Pastor Tomy abused and threatened the couple to leave. The Pastor alleges that the mob was threatening them to apologise to villagers. A village head-man and local Municipal Corporation leader reached the scene and asked the Pastor and his wife to leave. Just as the two were leaving, they were attacked by the mob. A local woman hid the Pastor's wife and the Christian family they were visiting rescued the Pastor. Pastor Tomy said that as the family tried to calm down the mob, they too were attacked with "sticks and swords." The Municipal leader managed to help the Pastor and his wife leave but asked for them to never come back. As they were leaving on a bike, the mob managed to nab Veena's stole. Pastor Tomy states that they were chased by the armed mob on bikes until they were saved and hidden by two fellow Pastors. The two Pastors - Binoy and Rajeev, confirmed that the mob was "shouting religious slogans, wore similar clothes and tilaks on their forehead with swords and sticks." The Christian family in Pinjore claim that they continue to be harassed by locals.

Other Informations
Source of information Civil society reports Place of incident Village
Number of victims 4 Identity of victim Christians
Location of incident Village Was cross FIR filed No
perpetrator Organizational Right Wing Hindutva Details of the FIR

Investigating agency Victim's lawyer
Role of police Unsatisfactory :The Pastor and his wife, Veena decided not to file a police complaint Current status FIR not filed
Charges Filed Other details
judgement Reference other information
Civil society reports

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Main Information
Date of incident: June 14, 2020
Nature of Violence
  • Harassment
  • Physical assault
  • Threat
  • Verbal Abuse
  • Causal factors
  • Religious identity
  • No. of People Injured 4
    Name of the victim : Pastor Tomy Joseph, Veena and a Christian family from Pinjore (identity not disclosed)
    Name of Perpetrator
    State Haryana
    District/City Panchkula
    Party In Power / Incidents BJP - Bharatiya Janata Party
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