U.S. Pastor Told to Leave India Within a Week

A visiting U.S. pastor, attacked by suspected Hindu activists in southern India last week, has been told to leave the country for preaching while on a tourist visa, police said Tuesday. Protestant missionary Joseph Cooper, 67, and an Indian colleague were attacked with swords and iron bars by a suspected gang of Hindu hard-liners as they walked home from a gospel convention in Kerala state last Monday. “He has come here on a tourist visa and was found to be preaching at conventions, which is against the rules of the visa,” said P.Vijaya Anand, deputy inspector general of police. “We have served a notice Monday asking him to leave India within seven days,” Anand told Reuters. Full Story

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