Twenty Christian men on an evangelical mission were illegally detained and tortured by police earlier this year.
The People’s Union for Civil Liberties worked with local Christians to persuade senior officials to sanction the release of the men, but several were left with severe bruising.
“We went to the state of Rajasthan with a plan to go around preaching and sightseeing for four days, but it lasted only a few hours,” shared one of the men.
The men had arrived in the afternoon, equipped with a megaphone, intending to preach and to distribute evangelical literature.
“As soon as we started, a man came and asked, ‘What is this?’ He took our leaflet and went. He must have called the police,” he continued.
When a group of Hindu protesters appeared, the police dispersed them.
But later, as the Christians were walking back to their hostel, the hardliners followed.
“When we reached the place we were staying, they started abusing us and called the police again,” he said. “The police came and took us to the police station in two jeeps. They made us stretch out our palms and beat us severely with wooden sticks. Those who pulled their hands back after the first beating came in for more beatings. Many of us had bruises and blood clots on our palms six days later.”
Please pray for Christians like these men in India, who face persecution from Hindu extremists.