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India: Christians attacked in Bengaluru for distributing Bibles

Christianity has been in India since apostolic times, brought there by St. Thomas the Apostle in A.D. 52, as attested by St. Ephraim, St. John Chrysostom and St. Gregory the Theologian, among others. St. Thomas was martyred in India in A.D. 72. Today the Malankara Orthodox Church of the East still survives there, an apostolic Church that broke with Holy Orthodoxy over the Council of Chalcedon in 451. There also remains a small number of Orthodox Christians under the jurisdiction of the the Holy Metropolis of Singapore.

For previous coverage of the persecution of Christians in India, see here.

“Christians attacked in Bengaluru for distributing Bibles,” Christian Messenger, January 5, 2023:

A group of Christians who were distributing Bibles and chocolates as part of their Christmas outreach were assaulted by a mob in Bengaluru on Dec 23, 2022.

The incident which was caught on camera happened in the Malleswaram area of Bengaluru (earlier known as Bangalore).

In the video, someone in the crowd can be heard asking for the keys to the car. One woman is heard saying, “Nim ajji, If you have a Bible keep it to yourself. Do we come and give you the Bhagavat Gita to read?” Another man is heard saying, “How dare you distribute the Bible in our area? Should we all join you?” He goes on to say that if it had been anyone else, they would have been assaulted for distributing the Bible.

The group is then seen throwing the Bibles from the car into the streets and destroying them.

Rebecca, one of the members of the group, said the confrontation began when a woman approached them and asked why they were distributing Bibles. The woman then verbally abused them and vandalized a copy of the Bible, gathering a crowd to support her actions. “As part of Christmas celebrations, we were distributing Bibles and chocolates to people. We didn’t force anyone to accept the Bibles,” Rebecca said….

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