Indian Pastor and Son Beaten Mercilessly With Sticks and Clubs After Leaving Prayer Meeting | 8/16/2018 | Staff
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(Photo: Reuters/Danish Siddiqui)A protester holds a placard during a rally by hundreds of Christians against recent attacks on churches nationwide, in Mumbai, February 9, 2015. Five churches in the Indian capital New Delhi have reported incidents of arson, vandalism and burglary. The latest was reported last week when an individual stole ceremonial items.

An Indian pastor and his son were beaten with sticks and clubs by a group of about 30 Hindu radicals while walking home from a prayer meeting, a rights group has reported.

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Pastor Ramesh Vasunia and his son, Rahul, were attacked by the group of radicals on July 10 in India's Madhya Pradesh state, the pastor told the the U.S.-based persecution watchdog International Christian Concern.

"The attack took place at around 5 p.m." the pastor said. "My son and I traveled about two kilometers by motorcycle from Pipplipara village after meeting at Chattar Singh's house for prayer."

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Vasunia said that what he didn't know at the time was that there was an enraged mob of over two dozen people waiting for he and his son with sticks and wooden clubs.


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"We were stopped by a mob of 30 Hindu radicals," Vasunia was quoted as saying. "They started beating us without giving us the chance to ask the reasons for the attack. In spite of us begging them to stop, they continued to attack and damaged our motorcycle."

According to the pastor, the attack lasted for over 30 minutes and he and his son feared for their lives.

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"My eyesight started to get blurry and I could hear the screams of my son and a voice from the crowd saying, 'Kill them!'" Vasunia continued. "Then I saw one person lifting a big rock to crash [on] my head and I thought to myself that they will kill us."

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