Hindu extremists attack pastor during Lent service

NEW DELHI, India — A pastor in northern India was beaten and left for dead March 19 after Hindu extremists stormed into a house where a Lent meeting was being held.

While Pastor Rakesh Kumar Masih, 42, and other congregants sang worship songs on the first upper floor of the house, 12 to 15 people barged in and began to beat him, he said. One stole Masih’s money bag, which contained all the money he had and important bank documents.

The attackers hit Masih as they dragged him outside where a crowd of 30 more attackers was gathered. The extremists beat Masih’s genitals until he passed out.

Masih’s wife took him to a hospital for treatment. He conducted Good Friday and Easter services and continues to recover from his injuries. (MS)