NEW DELHI, India — Seven Christians in India have been booked on charges of hurting religious feelings after Hindu extremists savagely beat them when they gathered to pray for a sick man at his home, sources said.
Police in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh state charged the six Christian men and one woman Dec. 4 with “deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings” after a mob of about 20 Hindus led by members of the Hindu extremist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh entered the house and attacked those present. The six Christian men were taken into custody, while the woman was not immediately arrested because of the absence of female police required to detain her, sources said.
India ranked 15th on Christian support organization Open Doors’ 2017 World Watch List of the countries where Christians experience the most persecution. (MS)