Channai: As per media reports three Christian prayer halls have been vandalised and preachers allegedly abused, threatened and beaten up in Tamil Nadu’s Madurai district since Sunday.
Pastor Ravi Jacobsaid, “A group of around 30 people led by one Thangam Venkatesh ransacked the prayer hall. They also burnt holy Bibles and song books, destroyed musical instruments and other items.”
“He attempted to strip my wife and threatened to parade her naked. They pushed her down. He twisted my arm and threatened to kill my family if I don’t close the prayer hall,” he added.
A video shows the accused, Venkatesh, abusing the couple and warning them of dire consequences. He tells the pastor, “I’m from Hindu Munnani. Gracefully go away. If you don’t go we’d make you run and slap you with slippers in public. Are you a born Christian? Were you born at Bethlehem or Vatican? I’d make you a proclaimed accused.”
Denying allegations of conversion Ravi Jacob said “They filmed and released all their abuses at us but they did not record the ransacking and assault”,”We offer free tuition to children. We pray for others.”
NDTV report states that:Madurai District Police has registered a complaint against 50 unknown people for burning the Bible, abusing and attempting to strip a woman. “We had given the names clearly and even shown them the video but the police did not record it,” the pastor said.
Two other similar prayer halls too under Madurai City Police’s limits were allegedly targeted by the same group. However, no police case has been filed yet.
Madurai Police Commissioner Mahesh Kumar Aggarwal told TO media, “Yes some people have gone there and wanted them closed saying they don’t have approval. We’ve registered their petition and are investigating.”