Barnabas Fund ^ | 05/12/2015|

Over 400 Christian leaders and social activists gathered together in Hyderabad, in India’s Telangana state, on 2 May, to hold a peaceful protest against a recent spate of attacks against Christians. The protest came in the wake of yet another brutal mob attack in the state, when at least 100 Hindu radicals stormed a Christian meeting shouting anti-Christians slogans and beating the believers with wooden clubs, iron rods, and knives.

Christians in India meet to pray together

First breaking the lights and sound system, the assailants then proceeded to attack the Christians who had gathered together in Pebber town, in Telangana state, at around 9.30 pm on 8 April. According to International Christian Concern, the Christians ran outside and into the bushes to hide from the attackers, but at least 15 were wounded, some of them sustaining serious injuries.

The believers had been concluding an event in which they had organised three days of open-air revival meetings from 6 to 8 April. Over 300 Christians from nearby villages had come especially for the event.

This latest incident is one of around 25 in the past eleven months in Telangana state alone. Gathering at the state capital, Hyderabad, on Saturday 2 May, Christian leaders held a peaceful protest bringing attention to the increased number of anti-Christian attacks.

Speaking at the protest, Ahmed Bin Abdullah Balala, a member of the Telangana Legislative Assembly, said: “There has been increased fear and intimidation among the minorities of this country even since the Modi-led government came to power”.

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