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India: Villager Beaten Unconscious for Refusing to Recant Christian Faith

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.

“Villager in India Beaten Unconscious for Refusing to Recant Christian Faith,” International Christian Concern, November 29, 2021:

11/29/2021 India (International Christian Concern) – On November 16, Gajju Kawasi, a Christian from India’s Chhattisgarh state, was beaten unconscious after he refused to recant his faith before a village gathering. As a result of the attack, Kawasi was hospitalized for several days, unable to speak.

On November 16, Kawasi was summoned to a gathering in Katenar village. According to local reports, the village head summoned Kawasi to the gathering to confront him over his Christian faith.

At the gathering, Kawasi was told that the Hindu gods of the village were upset because he was worshiping Jesus. The village head then demanded that Kawasi stop worshiping Jesus and convert to Hinduism. When Kawasi refused, he was attacked by a mob led by Ganesh Nag, the head of the local Hindu temple.

The mob reportedly beat Kawasi mercilessly, kicking him while he was on the ground. According to Kawasi’s wife, blood was flowing from her husband’s nose and mouth as he was beaten unconscious.

After the attack, Kawasi’s wife dragged her unconscious husband to their home where they were forced to spend the night. Throughout the night, Kawasi remained unconscious and in need of medical attention.

The next day, November 17, Pastor Jugal Kashyap traveled to Katenar and rushed Kawasi to a hospital in Jagdalpur. Those attending Kawasi reported he was in critical condition. He was also unable to speak for several days following the assault.

Pastor Kashyap went to the local police station to report the attack. However, police refused to take the complaint and accused Pastor Kashyap of being reason for communal tensions in Katenar….

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