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India: Hindu extremists attack Christian hospital in Karnataka state

The persecution of Christians in India continues to escalate. As Christianity grows in the country, Hindu radicals are feeling increasingly threatened, and are lashing out more frequently, often with little or no pushback from law enforcement officials.

Please pray that peace would prevail for the Christians in India, and that the light of Holy Orthodoxy would again dawn in this land to which St. Thomas the Apostle first brought the Gospel.

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

“Christian Hospital in India Attacked by Extremists,” International Christian Concern, March 17, 2020:

03/17/2020 India (International Christian Concern) – A Christian hospital in India’s Karnataka state was attacked by Hindu extremists after a hospital official was asked about a Bible by a Hindu patient. According to Christian leaders in India, the attack on the hospital is a sign of the growing intolerance faced by the country’s Christians.

On Monday, March 2, members of the Rashtriya Swayamasevak Sangh (RSS), a radical Hindu nationalist group, stormed Sanjo Hospital, located in the Mandya district of Karnataka. According Asia News, the RSS members beat up a Simon George, a Christian public relations officer, and a hospital administrator before they accused the two of blasphemy. Both Christians were later arrested by local police.

According to Fr. Josekutty Kalyil, the attack stems from the hospitalization of an elderly Hindu man on Sunday, March 1. Prior to being discharged, the man asked why there was a Bible in his room. Simon George replied that he could read it if he was interested. The next day, after this exchange, the hospital and Simon George were attacked….

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