Former Hindu extremist, Pastor Pabitra Kata, was attacked and severely beaten by more than 35 Hindu radicals, while returning from a convert’s home.

According to The Voice of the Martyrs’ contacts in India, Pastor Pabitra, received Christ in 1999 and immediately began preaching the gospel. Under his ministry more than 15 people have received Christ and several others have been baptised. The attack happened after extremists repeatedly warned he would “face dire consequences” for being a Christian.

“He was beaten with thick sticks, kicked on his jaw and face and dragged on the road. He was screaming because of the pain and praying out loud, asking God to forgive the attackers. He was bleeding profusely from his jaw and ear, and was unable to see. In spite of his painful cries, the attackers continued striking him until the police arrived and stopped the beating,” VOM contacts said. Following the attack, it was discovered the extremists had planned to murder Pastor Pabitra then make a false report claiming he had died in an automobile accident.

“Instead of helping him, the police, who are believed to be members of the radical Swami Laxmanananda group, one of the strongest ant-Christian sects in Hinduism, did not take him to the hospital. Instead they made him sit in a veranda overnight and threatened to arrest him for “forcibly converting Hindus.” Eventually, Christian friends took Pastor Pabitra to the hospital,” VOM contacts added.

Since the attack, Hindu extremists have threatened to destroy Pastor Pabitra’s house and church and harm his family. VOM sources report, “The pastor’s family and his new convert have been expelled from their village. Another convert has been forced to perform Hindu rituals and renounce Christianity. Hindu leaders have said if Pastor Pabitra does not do the same, or if he returns to the village they will kill him and his family.”

The Voice of the Martyrs is assisting and encouraging Pastor Pabitra during this difficult time.

from Voice of the Martyrs

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