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Four Christians, including an elderly couple and a pregnant woman, were brutally beaten by alleged Hindu radicals in the Bastar District of India’s Chhattisgarh State. Due to injuries sustained during the attack, a 60-year-old Christian man died.

The attack took place on 8 October in Kuther village, located in the Bastar District. According to local Christians, individuals, suspected by locals to be Hindu radicals, broke into the home of Sularam Kashyap and his pregnant wife, Sudri, and severely beat the Christian couple along with Sularam’s elderly parents. As a result of the attack, all four Christians were hospitalised at the Government District Hospital of Jagdalpur.

While in the hospital, the Christian family was visited by an aid worker who attempted to record the family’s testimony. This reportedly upset police from the Lahundiguda Police Station, who ordered the Christian family to leave the hospital on 15 October and return home. Due to the severity of his injuries and the lack of proper medical treatment, Sukru Kashyap, Sularam’s 60-year-old father, died at home on 31 October.

According to local Christians, the family was attacked because they refused to denounce their Christian faith. In June 2014, more than 50 villages in the Bastar District, including Kuther, passed resolutions effectively banning the practise of non-Hindu faiths, which the Chhattisgarh High Court later ruled to be unconstitutional. Since June 2014, Hindu radicals have assaulted, threatened, and organised social boycotts against Christians living in the Bastar District, using the debunked resolutions to justify their actions.

As a part of the social boycott against Christians in Kuther village, local Hindus blocked Sularam from burying his father in the village’s graveyard on 31 October. On 1 November, Sularam was able to bury his father in the village graveyard, but only after police intervention.

Source: International Christian Concern

 Prayer Points

  • Ask the Lord to minister to this family. Ask Him to heal their injuries, strengthen their faith and comfort them in their grief.
  • Thank the Lord for the faithfulness of this Christian community; pray they continue to stand firm and take every opportunity to share the Gospel.
  • Pray for those who currently oppose the Gospel; may the Lord remove the hatred from their hearts and bring them to a saving knowledge of the Gospel.