Two Christian women were gang-raped and a church attacked in Madhya Pradesh's Khargone district, according to the district pastor.
According to pastor Kailash Davar, the rape took place in Nadia village a week ago.
'The attackers barged into the women's homes around 10.00 p.m., beat up the family members and took the women hostage. They dragged the women to a deserted area and gang-raped them,' Davar told IANS.
He said the husbands of the women who along with other villagers tried to prevent the heinous act were beaten up.
Davar added that such atrocities on members of the Christian community had become common, especially in the interiors.
Indira Iyengar, a leader of the Madhya Pradesh Christian Association, has demanded a thorough probe into the rape.
Claiming that it was a 'planned attack on the church, under the garb of preventing religious conversion', she sought action against the culprits.
Police said cases of rape had been registered against 10 people but they were yet to be arrested.
'All the accused including Lulla, Nandla, Kalu, Rewal Singh and Sakaram are from the same village Nadia where the incident occurred,' a police officer said
But the police expressed ignorance about the alleged attack on the church.