India: Hindu Extremists Beat Pastor Unconscious, Then Attack Him in Hospital
Religion TodayReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2012 Nov 15
Hindu extremists in Kannur village in Karnataka, India, beat a pastor unconscious by the side of the road, then attacked him in his hospital bed the next day, Compass Direct News reports. Pastor John Samuel Kim was standing on the road with three friends Oct. 11 when a mob of 20 extremists began questioning him, then accused him of forceful conversion and began kicking and punching him and beating him with sticks and stones. Kim was knocked unconscious, and was hospitalized with a broken rib and injuries to his head and neck. The next morning, four attackers entered his hospital ward. "They told me that I should die, shook my bed and started to beat me again, and strangled me on my neck and brought a sharp weapon to cut my neck," said Kim, who suffered a severe neck injury. The attackers left when they heard people coming, and Kim later provided a description to police, who posted guard on the ward for the next seven days as he recovered. The police have registered a case against the attackers, but no arrests have been made. The district police superintendent said he and his team would continue to protect Kim whenever necessary, and that they continue to search for the attackers. It is the second attack on Kim within the past year; he did not file a police complaint after he was beaten up the first time.