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Christian villagers in India’s Chhattisgarh state have reportedly been brutally assaulted by Hindu radicals following the passing of a resolution in the village banning all non-Hindu religious activities.

The incident took place in Karmeri village on Tuesday 8 September. According to local sources, a mob of over 50 Hindu radicals gathered and surrounded a church premises around 4pm. Before any of the Christians could ask what was happening, the radicals attacked, assaulting Christians with wooden clubs and sticks.

When some women confronted the radicals, they were brutally beaten with wooden clubs and fists. Two Christian women, Pulo Bhai, 40, and Ludri, 35, were seriously injured in the assault and collapsed, unconscious.

Tension between Karmeri’s Christian and Hindu communities mounted when Christians began to build a church in the village. When news of the church construction spread, Suresh Yadav, the district president of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (a Hindu nationalist organisation), convened a village meeting. As a result of that meeting, a resolution was passed banning all non-Hindu religious propaganda, prayers and speeches in the village. This resolution is similar to ones passed in 50 other villages in the state intended to effectively make Christianity illegal.

Following the passing of this resolution, life for Christians in Karmeri became very difficult as they were the subjects of a social boycott. “We, Christians, were not allowed take the cattle out for grazing, our rations were cut off, and we were barred from buying things at the local grocery shop,” a Christian woman from Karmeri said. “The attackers are roaming free, even after the attack on the Christians. They are demanding us to leave the foreign religion and come back to the Hindu religion.”

Source: International Christian Concern

 Prayer Points

  • Pray the Lord will minister to the women who were beaten, especially Pulo Bhai and Ludri; ask Him to fully restore them to health.
  • Ask the Lord to grant the local Christians His favour and abundantly provide for all their day-to-day needs. Pray they will be encouraged and not give up meeting together.
  • Pray the witness of the Christians may be faithful, forgiving and filled with love for their persecutors. Pray their example may be used by the Lord to bring many Hindus to salvation.

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