Christians attacked en route to camp in India

Christians attacked en route to camp in India

BETTIAH, India — Christians on their way to a camp in eastern India were attacked at a bus stop by a mob of Hindu extremists.

The attack came after the Christians shared the purpose of their trip with fellow bus passengers, not realizing one of them was a Hindu extremist.

During an argument on the bus, the Hindu began cursing and accusing the Christians of “always converting innocent and poor villagers.”

When they arrived at the bus station in Bettiah, Bihar state, on Feb. 26, 60 to 70 angry Hindu extremists were waiting for them. A native missionary and another member of the group were seriously injured in the attack.

Despite the violence the camp took place as planned Feb. 26–28, Pastor Mariosh Joseph said.

India ranked 11th on Christian support organization Open Doors’ 2018 World Watch List of countries where Christians experience the most persecution, up from 15th the previous year, and ahead of Saudi Arabia, Nigeria and Egypt. (MS)