India: Thousands of Christians Protest Torture, Hanging of Pastor Ruled a ‘Suicide’

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Churchgoers in Tamil Nadu, India, are protesting local officials after police ruled the death of Pastor Gideon Periyaswamy – found hanging in the church with visible signs of beatings – a “suicide.”
Periyaswamy had faced repeated death threats from Hindu nationalists who objected to his effectiveness in converting locals to ChristianityReports have identified Periyaswamy as both an “independent” and “Pentecostal” Christian.

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Tamil Nadu, Pentecostal pastor found hanged. He had received threats

INDIA_-_0122_-_Pastore_3.jpgRev. Gideon Periyaswamy was 43 and led the Maknayeem church. He converted 25 years ago from Hinduism. In the past he had been harassed and humiliated. The Hindus "were not happy with the increase of the Christian faithful".

Chennai (AsiaNews) - A Pentecostal Christian pastor was found dead hanging from the roof of his home in a village in Tamil Nadu. Rev. Gideon Periyaswamy was 43 and led the church of Maknayeem, in the village of Adayachery. His death is shrouded in mystery, aroused by the fact that just a week ago he had lodged a complaint against extremist Hindu groups.

Some faithful already speak of murder and the attempt to disguise murder with suicide. Speaking to AsiaNews Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians, states that the circumstances surrounding the pastor’s death “are strange" and he underlines the inconsistencies demaning "a complete investigation, especially in light of the threats received in the past".

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Jammu-Kashmir Christians attacked over forced conversion

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India(Jammu and Kashmir):Rare incident in Jammu and Kashmir state after family claim their daughter was killed by her husband.
Hindus have burned down a church and shops belonging to Christians in India's Jammu and Kashmir state after a Hindu family alleged that their daughter was killed by her husband after she had been forced to convert to Christianity.

The violence is unusual in the Muslim-dominated state, where Christians have not faced any hostility from Hindus.

Tension is high in the Rajouri district bordering Pakistan following the Jan. 16 incident, with police on alert to prevent further violence.

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