Hindu Extremists Attack Christian Family

International Christian Concern is reporting that some Hindu extremists in India instigated some youths to attack a Christian family for not celebrating a Hindu holiday.

According to the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), extremists of the Bajrang Dal, the youth wing of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (World Hindu council or VHP), gave liquor to Hindu youths and compelled them to launch an attack on the family of a Christian, Pritam Arse, on November 9 in the Raubanda slum area near Durg Railway Station in Chhattisgarh state’s Durg district. Arse is a member of a church belonging to the Living Grace Ministries.

Arse and his family members, including his wife and grown-up children, were praying inside their house when they heard fire crackers going off on their veranda. When they went out, more than 20 youths beat up Arse’s eldest son Ravi Arse, taunting, “So, you don’t celebrate Diwali?”

On Diwali, which fell on November 9 this year, Hindus light candles, put up decoration lights on their homes, and burn crackers, besides worshiping the goddess Lakshmi, the god of money.

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