A fractured collarbone. Spinal fractures. Head wounds. Antony Fernandez, his wife, and daughter suffered devastating injuries six years ago after being attacked at home in India. As Christians in a majority Hindu community, the charitable acts his family regularly practiced were not welcome, said Fernandez, 46.
They distributed clothing and medicine to the poor and impoverished in their city, Thiruvananthapuram. “We will give everything to everyone,” he said in a recent interview. “There is no discrimination.”
Devout Christians, they actively practiced their faith in a country with a dominant Hindu population. And their deeds caught the attention of a group that believed the Fernandez family had been trying to convert others to their religion — a point of tension and conflict between right-wing Hindu activists and India’s minority groups.
On Nov. 3, 2012, five zealots entered the family’s home. Records from their city’s Medical College Hospital show that Mr. Fernandez had a fractured collar bone and a blade-puncture to the abdomen; he lost the tip of a finger.
His wife, Sheehan Fernandez, suffered spinal fractures and deep head wounds, the records show. And their daughter, Aiswarya, then 11, had injuries to ligaments and soft tissues, as well as a compression fracture of the spine.