One left homeless; another dragged to Hindu temple, left unconscious
By Jeremy Reynalds
Senior Correspondent for ASSIST News Service
NEW DELHI, INDIA (ANS) -- When Laxmi Sovi, a Christian widow in India's Chhattisgarh state, heard her door opening one morning last month, she could not have guessed that by the next day she would be hospitalized and her home demolished.
Pastor T.S. Surendara of the Rehebothe Prarthana Mandir Church told Morning Star News that this assault was led by Hindu extremist Chinna Bhovi.
Hindu extremists beat Christian widow Doddamma unconscious.
The attackers forced their way into the home of a widow referred to only as Doddamma at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 18 in the Government Ashraya housing area of Chickmagalur.
The Hindu nationalists asked them who gave them permission to convert to Christianity and talk about Christianity with their neighbors, Surendara said.
They dragged Doddamma and her daughter, Laxmi, to a Hindu temple and tried to force them to convert back into Hinduism, but they refused to renounce Christ.
"The extremists beat, kicked and punched them with their hands for almost an hour and uttered foul abuse at them," Surendara, their pastor, said.
Doddamma lost consciousness, and her daughter was semi-conscious when neighbors found them lying on a road, reported attorney Moses Muragavel of the Karnataka Legal Aid Cell.
Morning Star News said Doddamma and Laxmi suffered multiple bruises and swelling and were hospitalized for three days.
"The extremists also looted Doddamma's house, stole their safe cupboard, clothes, ration card and all important documents, and further vandalized her house," Surendara said.
Police have registered a First Information Report against seven suspects under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, but no arrests had been made at press time.
In another incident in Karnataka, Hindu extremists attacked house church Pastor Parama Jyothi in Mobanahalli village, in Chitradurga District, on Aug. 11.
"At about 10 a.m., the extremists barged in while we were praying and started to beat me up," Jyothi told Morning Star News.
The Hindu extremists dragged him along a road, tearing his clothes until he was half naked. Jyothi's body was covered in bruises, and three front teeth were broken, according to Muragavel of the Karnataka Legal Aid Cell.
Church members took their pastor to a hospital, where he was treated for about a week.
Morning Star News said Jyothi submitted a letter to the Bejikere Police Station requesting protection, as the Hindu extremists had warned him that he should vacate his house and leave the village within a week if he continued to follow Christ.
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