Four Christians, including an ill 16-year-old, were dragged down the stairs and outside a private house where they were having a prayer meeting in India’s Tamil Nadu state. A Christian student named Siddappa was hosting the meeting in his house in Kurubatti, in the city of Hosur, when the violence took place. The prayer session was being attended also by another Indian citizen named Neethiraj, of the India Evangelical Mission, his friend named Chandrakant and his sick 16-year-old relative. Their meeting was abruptly interrupted just minutes after it began by more than a dozen men who raided the home and reached them on the upper floor on March 19.
The Christians were manhandled, dragged down the stairs and taken to the middle of the street outside Siddappa’s home, where the abuse continued.
Attackers emptied the bag of Neethiraj on the street as it contained religious texts.
They then gathered all the Bibles and Christian books they could find in the house only to force the four Christian to burn them with some petrol they brought with them, according to local sources.
The Christians said their assaulters were from the Hindu Front and the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), the religious arm of the RSS, a Hindu nationalist movement.
Nehemiah Christie, Director of Legislation & Regulations of the Synod of Pentecostal Churches in Tamil Nadu, highlighted how risky it is now for Christians to simply gather in the area.
She said: “Any Christian gatherings are now at risk of being interrupted by Hindutva forces.