Marthandam (Tamil Nadu)
Marthandam, Kanyakumari Dt. (Tamil Nadu): A group of Hindu radicals, members of RSS and BJP, have beaten up Pastor Robinson Thankamani, on Sunday, 5th August 2012, at 3.15 pm when the pastor was walking towards his church from his residence for a prayer meeting in his church. The radical group was led by Mr. Vishwanath and Mr. Kasisan.
On learning that their pastor was being beaten up by the Hindu radicals, the believers who were waiting for him in the church, rushed out of the church and went for his rescue and saved the Pastor from further attack. The wounded pastor was admitted to the Kulithara Government hospital and then again he was shifted to Asaripallam Medical College Hospital as he needed more specialized treatment. He is still undergoing treatment in the hospital for internal injuries. Marthandam police have registered a case against the attackers.
Pastor Robinson Thankamani (35), is in charge of an independent church called Indian Missionary Fellowship Church in Marthandam in Kanyakumari District in Tamil Nadu. He has a congregation of about 50 believers and they conduct the worship services twice a week, on Sundays and Fridays and also assemble in the church for meetings and prayer programmes. On the 5th of August, the pastor was going to attend a prayer meeting in the church when he was waylaid by the Hindu radicals. So far no arrests have been made. Please pray for the pastor and his congregation.
Source: Christian Persecution Update, International Christian Concern