Around 100 Christians were attacked by Hindu radicals on 23 August for watching the Christian film He Will Come Again in the home of a Christian woman in Jamalpur village, located in India’s Bihar state. The screening of the Christian film incited Hindu radicals to not only attack the local Christians, but also demand the deaths of the Christian leaders who organised the screening.
With about 10 minutes left in the film, a man stood up in front and began shouting, “Who is the operator here? Who is the operator here?” The man then demanded the volume of the film be reduced to a level that it was no longer audible.
After being confronted by one of the organisers of the screening, the disruptive man left. However, he returned when the film concluded with at least 15 other Hindu villagers carrying swords, bamboo poles, and wooden sticks. Local Christians then locked the organisers of the film inside the Christian home for their own safety.
The mob surrounded the Christian home and demanded that the organisers of the film screening be released to them. The mob said that they would kill the organisers because they were converting Hindus to a foreign faith.
As the siege of the Christian home continued, local authorities were called to the scene. Police officers were able to disperse the mob, but local Christians continue to report feeling under threat.
Across India, attacks on Christians and their places of worship continue to rise in frequency and severity. Many claim the rise of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has encouraged the activities of Hindu radicals and increased levels of religious intolerance across India.
Sources: International Christian Concern, Morning Star News
- Thank the Lord, no one was badly hurt on the night of the event. Pray for continued protection of the Christians in the community.
- Pray that the Lord would help the believers overcome any fear resulting from the threats.
- Pray the Christians will not be ashamed of the Gospel but will speak out boldly when others speak against the Lord.
Post your prayer in the comments below.