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The Christian mother of a one-month-old child was brutally attacked by radical Hindu nationalists in India last month.

The incident occurred when a mob of nearly a dozen men broke into the house of the woman and her husband, who is a pastor. The mob intended to intimidate the family into closing the church that they were running out of their home.

When the mob discovered that the pastor was out shopping at the local market, they attacked his wife instead, beating her with wooden sticks. She sustained major head injuries and was knocked unconscious. When the violence finally ended, she was left badly bruised and required over a dozen stitches.

The woman’s husband told International Christian Concern (ICC), “I couldn’t conduct worship for three Sundays, as I needed to be with my wife in the hospital.” The pastor has been receiving threats ever since he founded the small church over five years ago, but despite the recent attack and the persistent danger, he remains steadfast. “I cannot run away from here fearing the attacks, I committed my entire life and I will continue to serve God in the same place.”

Although the leaders of the mob who attacked the family are known, they are reportedly influential with the authorities. Because of their connections, the police have chosen not to file a First Information Report against them.

Elections in the state of Rajasthan are approaching, and the trend of violence against Christians is increasing.

Source: International Christian Concern

Please Pray

  • Pray for the recovery of the pastor’s wife, both physically and mentally.
  • Pray that the couple will continue leading the church to meet in their home.
  • Pray for protection and peace for Christians facing violent persecution across India.