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Hindu extremists opposed his faith.A 14-year-old Christian boy in eastern India is fighting for his life a month after suspected Hindu extremists threw flammable liquid on him and set him on fire, sources said. “He is very, very critical,” said Dr. K.N. Tiwari of the burn unit of Appolo Burn Hospital in Patna, Bihar state. “His survival chances are low.” On Aug. 11 three unidentified men on a motorbike threw the liquid on Nitish Kumar as he was returning home to Bihar state’s Kamta Nagar village, Gaya District, from his early morning routine of purchasing fresh vegetables. Drenched, Nitish initially thought they had mischievously thrown water on him, he said. “But soon my skin began to burn,” Nitish told Morning Star News, in agony. “The burning sensation increased with every passing second. I dropped the basket and ran towards my house [750 meters away] screaming and howling.” The motorbike did not stop, and in his pain he had no way of trying to see its license plate, he said. The fire burned 65 percent of his body, with 15 percent deep burns, said Sushma Sharma, a hospital volunteer treating Kumar. Pastor Rajkumar Bharati, also known as Began Mochi, head of the church the Kumar family

September 06, 2021 Another pastor attacked in central Indian state.Christian leaders submit a memorandum to Chhattisgarh’s district collector and chief minister on Sept. 2 informing them about Christian persecution in the state. A pastor and two of his companions in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh were attacked inside a police station after being accused of religious conversion — the second such incident in the space of a week. The latest attack by Hindu activists was reported on Sept. 5 at Purani Basti police station in the Bhatagaon area. According to police, Pastor Harish Sahu was called to the police station over complaints of forced religious conversions being carried out by him in the area. Several Hindu activists visited the police station while Pastor Sahu along with Prakash Masih and Chhattisgarh Christian Forum general secretary Ankush Bariyekar were there. The activists accused Pastor Sahu of indulging in religious conversion and manhandled and abused the trio. A video of the incident has surfaced on social media. After the incident, Bariyekar lodged a complaint with police and several people were booked for rioting, obscene acts and songs, voluntarily causing hurt and criminal intimidation. Who gave permission to Hindu fundamentalists to take the law into their own hands? “It is

THREE CHRISTIANS ARE MANHANDLED AND ABUSED IN A CHHATTISGARH POLICE STATION OVER ACCUSATIONS OF RELIGIOUS CONVERSION September 6, 2021. A pastor and two of his companions in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh were attacked inside a police station after being accused of religious conversion — the second such incident in the space of a week. The latest attack by Hindu activists was reported on Sept. 5 at Purani Basti police station in the Bhatagaon area. According to police, Pastor Harish Sahu was called to the police station over complaints of forced religious conversions being carried out by him in the area. Several Hindu activists visited the police station while Pastor Sahu along with Prakash Masih and Chhattisgarh Christian Forum general secretary Ankush Bariyekar were there. The activists accused Pastor Sahu of indulging in religious conversion and manhandled and abused the trio. A video of the incident has surfaced on social media. After the incident, Bariyekar lodged a complaint with police and several people were booked for rioting, obscene acts and songs, voluntarily causing hurt and criminal intimidation. It is a matter of concern for all of us as attacks on Christian people are reported very often here,” Archbishop Victor Henry Thakur of Raipur told UCA News. “The

Neighbors attack after seeing church leader visit him.A Christian in southern India’s Tamil Nadu state is in hiding after hard-line Hindu neighbors beat him unconscious with iron rods last month, sources said. Santosh Kumar, 35, left his home on Aug. 1 shortly after a church elder visited him in Kamaraj Nagar, Karur District. A Hindu neighbor who saw the elder visit him intercepted Kumar on the road shortly thereafter. “He started shouting at me, ‘Are you a Christian? Why are Christians visiting you?’” Kumar told Morning Star News. Kumar said the neighbor was drunk, and that he asked him, “What is your problem?” before going on his way, but the Hindu stopped him again and began shouting more loudly. Telling Kumar that India was a Hindu country, he asked the Christian why he still lived there, as Kumar asked him to please let him go on his way. “He threatened that he would murder me if I did not vacate my rented house immediately,” Kumar said. Soon two other area Hindus arrived on motorcycles and dragged him to bushes far from the road, he said. “Two persons were ready with iron rods there,” he told Morning Star News. “Two of them held me up while the

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