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Pastors Beaten, Jailed After Comforting Grieving Hindu Widower in India

The Christian Post - Two pastors and one of their wives were reportedly beaten up and arrested on charges of “forced” conversion while they were consoling and praying for a Hindu man who had lost his wife, son and daughter-in-law to COVID-19 in northern India.

Pastor Neel Durai, Pastor Vijay Kumar Patel and his wife, Kiran Devi, are in jail after being physically assaulted by Hindu nationalist neighbors of 62-year-old Lalji Vishwakarma in the Phoolpur area of Uttar Pradesh state, Morning Star News reported.

“A mob of Hindu extremist neighbors from the Thakurcommunity barged inside the house and falsely accused me and the pastors visiting my house of forced conversions,” Vishwakarma was quoted as saying. “They have no pity that I have been grieving my family’s death.”

He told the nonprofit persecution news outlet that he lost his son, daughter-in-law and wife to COVID "one after the other."

"My young granddaughters, ages 10 and 12, and I were longing for God’s servants to visit us, pray for us and comfort us," Vishwakarma said.

The incident took place on Aug. 3 but ....READ MORE

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