Christian leader in India run over by Hindu nationalists on motorcycles

Monday, March 9, 2020

by Jordan Hilger, Worthy News Correspondent

(Worthy News) - Hindu nationalists in India ran over an evangelical leader with motorcycles, accusing the Christian man of forcibly converting Hindus to Christianity.

Isaac Paulose, the Madya Pradesh coordinator of the New India Evangelistic Association, was apprehended by ten Hindu nationalists after dropping his five-year-old son off at school and beat with a heavy metal bike lock as well.

“Accusing him of ‘converting people,’ they beat him with bamboo logs and a thick metal chain with a lock attached to its end," Elizabeth Isaac, the man's wife, told Morning Star News. "They scorned and ridiculed him, daring him to continue to convert people.”

Despite suffering fractured ribs, Paulose remained optimistic about his ministry in India, according to a friend.

“Brother Isaac’s condition was very bad when he was brought to [the hospital in] Bhopal,” said Hemant Lal, a Christian from Bhopal. “I was amazed at his faith. He told me he was not scared, and that there will be difficulties in doing the Lord’s work, but that he was glad that he suffered for the name of Jesus.”

India is number ten on Open Doors USA's World Watch List for the persecution of Christians worldwide as a result of the Hindu nationalist policies of the government of Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party.