A group of Indian Christians was brutally attacked while gathering during a prayer gathering earlier this month.

The savage beatings which resulted in several severe injuries was perpetrated by violent Hindu extremists, took place at Praise the Lord Church in Tamil Nadu state, India.

After the violent mob broke into the sanctuary, the church’s lead pastor, Philip Rangasamy, was threatened before the rest of the congregants were warned that they would be killed if they ever dared to pray again.

According to Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), one of the church members, Mr. Ayyanar, sustained a fractured hand in the attack, while another, 70-year-old Mrs. Angathal, suffered a serious head injury, amongst others.

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Pastor Phillip said that this was not the first time nationalists had disrupted their ministry activities.

According to CSW:

“The first incident occurred on 10 February when the same group of men disrupted another meeting with force and threatened him with violence if he did not obtain permission to conduct church services.”

“It is heart-rending to see that the government has ignored repeated calls from human rights activists about the rising religious intolerance in the state. The church has been conducting prayer services for last 13 years,” said Nehemiah Christie, Director of Legislation & Regulations of the Synod of Pentecostal Churches in Tamil Nadu.

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