Christians in the village of Malasamudra, Karnataka were gathered for worship in the early morning of 19 January when 20 Hindu militants from the village came up the steps and began taking photos and video footage. The adults gathered, tried to stop the intruders from taking pictures of the children but were pushed away. The militants then began to beat the children while restraining the adults. When the mob finally left they issued a warning, “If we hear that you stepped out of your homes and told anybody about this, we will set your homes on fire and burn you alive.”
In fear, the Christians remained in their homes that day. The same evening, police arrived at the home where the believers had gathered, stating that a complaint had been filed. The Hindu villagers claimed they had been attacked by the Christians. Police said they had to arrest the Christians, that village leaders were pressuring them to do so, in order to appease the mob.
After several hours the leaders of the mob admitted to instigating the attack. As a consequence, no charges were laid against either side.
Sources: Morning Star News, Church in Chains
- Prayerfully uphold these believers as they continue to gather for worship despite the threats of opposing villagers.
- Pray for the emotional well-being of the children who were affected by this act of violence, and for their families’ safety.
- Pray India’s governing authorities will act justly and not succumb to pressure.