India: Christian pastor arrested after being beaten by Hindu extremists
January 06, 2011
Anti-Christian violence in India’s southern Karnataka state has taken a new turn, with the January 5 arrest of a pastor who was under treatment in a hospital after being injured in Hindu fundamentalist attack. Pastor Samuel Isaac had been given 11 stitches on his head after he was attacked with knife by a Hindu fundamentalist during a prayer meeting on January 2. But police chose to arrest the pastor as well as his assailant. “We are shocked by this police action. They seemed to be under pressure from the Hindu fundamentalists,” Sajan K George, president of Global Council of Indian Christians told CWN. The arrest of the pastor from the hospital, he pointed out, was at the behest of Hindu fundamentalists who are angry with the police for arresting their colleague who had attacked the pastor. The pastor and two associated are charged with causing “disharmony and hatred” between religious communities.