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Report: militant Hindu youth hound Christians in Indian village

Catholic World News - October 17, 2013

Members of the militant Hindu youth organization Bajrang Dal have burned down a church in a village in India and are now threatening individual Christians there, according to World Watch Monitor, a news agency that reports on the persecution of Christians.

Following the destruction of their church in April, Christians in Taragaon, which is located in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh, began to worship in their homes.

“Early this month, members of Bajrang Dal have been parading Hindu idols by the houses of Christian believers,” the agency reported. “Using loudspeakers, they ordered the Christians to come out of their homes to worship the idol.”

“They are threatening us that they will drag each one out of our homes, beat us and kill us if we did not come out of our homes ourselves,” said one village resident. “The police are biased and do nothing to protect the Christians.”

According to the report, a Hindu youth attacked his 60-year-old Christian aunt, repeatedly striking her and then hitting her head with a rock when she refused to deny her faith. Though she was hospitalized, police declined to press charges.

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  • Posted by: FredC - Oct. 21, 2013 1:14 PM ET USA

    The Church should be praying for members being persecuted throughout the world. They need the graces of fortitude and perseverance. The Church should be doing much more to publicize the persecutions -- to raise awareness among Catholics. For a few weeks at our parish, a prayer was included in the Prayer of the Faithful, but then dropped.

  • Posted by: lak321 - Oct. 17, 2013 8:51 PM ET USA

    Blood of Christ, courage of martyrs, save us. Blood of Christ, strength of confessors, save us.

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