Hindu nationalists in southern India burned down a church and the home of its pastor after some high “caste” Hindus converted to Christianity and joined the church.
Pastor John Muller and his pregnant wife found their church building and adjoining home in Attipattu village in Tamil Nadu state’s Cuddalore District burnt down after they came home from a nearby store, according to Morning Star News.
“Recently, some villagers belonging to Vanniyar, a caste-based Hindu sect, came to Christ,” Pastor Muller was quoted as saying. “The same caste group opposes conversions in the village because they treat Christianity as a religion of lower castes. They don’t want anyone from Vanniyar to convert to Christianity.”
The pastor had been threatened by five people three days earlier. “They said, ‘Don’t stay here – get out of this area, or we will see your end,'” he said.
About 40 families attend the worship services at the church. Police had made no arrests at press time.