International Christian Concern | Nov. 27, 2018
On October 23, Pastor John Lakra and his family were driving to a hospital in Sundargarh, Odisha to seek emergency treatment for their 18-month-old baby. While on the road, they were confronted by a mob of extremists.
The mob surrounded the car, hurled stones, and began hitting the windows with rods as they shouted curses. According to Morning Star News, Pastor Lakra became the target of the attack after a hacker sent a text message and photo from the pastor’s mobile phone insulting the Hindu goddess Durga.
“They pulled me out of the car, slapped and beat me black and blue,” Pastor Lakra reported to Morning Star News. “They ripped off my clothes. Not a single part of my body was left unstruck.”