Christian prayer disturbed and people bashed

Dozens of assailants from the youth militant group Bajrang Dal intruded in a church service and began verbally abusing congregants before tearing up Bibles, breaking church supplies, and stealing the offering box. Following the attack, the group’s organizer, Yadav, went live on Facebook, showing off the Christians who were forced out of their house church and onto the streets. In the video, Yadav is seen pestering women about why they attended the service and claiming that Christianity has destroyed the entire district. Eventually, Police arrived, and church Pastor Manohar Prasad Varnwa, his family, and a few members were forced into a police vehicle. Meanwhile, the assailants stood by, watching the Christians’ arrest. The live-stream ends on Yadav’s final comment: “Our job is to make this area free of Christianity.” Police denied the claim of a forced signature but admitted the team had been sent to the church when they received word that the congregation was “promoting Christianity.”

Other Informations
Source of information Civil society reports Place of incident Place of worship
Number of victims 1 Identity of victim Christians
Location of incident Place of worship Was cross FIR filed Yes
perpetrator Organizational Right Wing Hindutva Details of the FIR

Investigating agency State Police Victim's lawyer
Role of police Charges filed against the vicitm :Arrested the Pastor and his family while forcibly getting his signature on blank papers. Current status
Charges Filed Other details
judgement Reference other information
Civil society reports

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Main Information
Date of incident: September 08, 2019
Nature of Violence
  • Attack on religious infrastructure/Festivals/worship
  • Harassment
  • Physical assault
  • Threat
  • Causal factors
  • Allegation of religious conversion
  • Name of the victim : Pastor Manohar Prasad Varnwa
    Name of Perpetrator Yadav
    State Jharkhand
    District/City Koderma
    Party In Power / Incidents BJP - Bharatiya Janata Party
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