A group of Catholics holding Carol services in private homes have been savagely beaten up by a mob of 30in the village of Tikariya, near the city of Banswara, in Rajasthan.
The attacked belong to the Church of St. Peter and Paul in the diocese of Udaipur. The parish priest, Fr. Stephen Rawat, was also among them.
"I have no enemies, I was beaten up because of my Christian faith," said Fr. Rawat. He added that there is a hostel of the RSS near the scene of the attack "where the ideology [Hindutva] is imparted to young people. It is not improbable that they were behind this attack against Christians."
Like every year the Tikariya parish had organized the Christmas carol service in Catholic homes. This year the group consisted of 20 worshipers, which included three nuns, women and children.
The visit to the parishioners’ homes started on Dec 11, but the tradition was interrupted by the brutal beating on Dec 14.
About 30 attackers armed with sticks and batons, awaited the group and hurled themselves upon the group after the service, while Catholics were heading toward the parked cars. The three sisters were spared by the attackers because they were still in the house, and the children were able to escape.
Eight Catholics were beaten up severely by the attackers who shouted "Bharat Mata ki Jai" and accused the carollers of carrying out forced conversions. The wounded, some with obvious injuries, were taken to Mahatma Gandhi Hospital in Banswara. Three of them were discharged after medication, while Fr. Rawat, three women and a man remain hospitalized for observation and medical care.
Source: Herald Malaysia
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