DOZENS of Hindu radicals attacked a group Christians at a private church service, storming into the hall and abusing worshippers.
Over 150 mobsters broke into a private Christian worship service in Kanpur, located in India's state of Uttar Pradesh, persecution watchdog International Christian Concern reported (ICC).
On December 2, the protestors forced themselves into the private hall, threatening Christian worshippers and disrupting Pastor A. B. Singh's morning service.
Pastor Singh's wife was brutally beaten by members of the mob, after she tried to protect her husband and other women in the church who were being attacked.
Police were called to the scene, but according to ICC, no action has been taken so far.
Pastor Vijay Gupta, a Christian leader from Kanpur, told ICC: “The attacks on places of worship have picked up in the last two to three months in the Kanpur region.
“What we hear in the news is the tip of the ice-berg. Pastors and evangelists are constantly being harassed and [threatened].”
Pastor Sam P. Jacob, also from Kanpur, told ICC: "We had to completely shut down our Christmas programs and activities due to the prevalence of anti-Christian sentiments.
Mervyn Thomas, chief executive of CSW, told International Christian Concern (ICC): “Recent events in Uttar Pradesh are deeply worrying and indicative of a concerning increase in religious intolerance in India.