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India: counted worthy

A pastor in northern India, who was beaten and paraded through streets with his head half-shaved as crowds called for him to be cut to pieces, said he is thankful that he was counted worthy to suffer for the name of Christ.

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Avdhesh paraded on a donkey | photo: ANI

On 29 January, Hindu extremists posing as policemen picked up Avdhesh Savita, a 35-year-old father of four, from his home in Rendhar village in Uttar Pradesh state and took him to Orai, Jalaun District. They beat him, shaved half of his head, one eyebrow and one side of his moustache, and put him on a donkey as they led him in a procession through Orai. They and others in the frenzied crowd mocked him, falsely accusing him of forcible conversion.