A Christian community in India’s Chhattisgarh state was brutally attacked by a mob of radical Hindu nationalists over the weekend.
The attack left nine Christians seriously injured, including three who were hospitalised in a critical condition.
On Saturday 6 November, a mob of 50 radical Hindu nationalists attacked 14 Christian homes in Metapal village, located in the Dantewada district.
Source: International Christian Concern
Local Christians reported that the mob was led by four men named Joga, Lakhma, Magda, and Sukka. The mob went from house to house, attacking Christians to make Metapal a ‘Christian-free’ village.
Wielding fists, wooden clubs, and other objects, the extremists beat the Christians of Metapal, including women and children. The attack left nine Christians seriously injured with broken bones, dislocated joints, and head injuries.
“Santu, a teenage boy, was carried by four people to the hospital like a dead body,” Pastor Susheel Kumar, a survivor of the attack said. “He suffered multiple fractures to his legs and hand.”
Following the attack, Mogadi Madkami, Santu Madkami, and Hidma Podiyami were taken to Dantewada District Hospital in a critical condition. Police have registered a First Information Report against 15 members of the mob; however, no arrests have been made to date.
Across India, attacks on Christians and their places of worship are being reported in greater number and severity. Recently, a report authored by the United Christian Forum documented over 300 attacks on Christians taking place in just the first nine months of 2021. Without significant intervention by government authorities, 2021 will likely be the worst year on record for Christian persecution in India.
Let us pray.
- Ask God to bring healing to the injured and minister to the fearful to help them overcome this shocking attack.
- Pray that God will soften the hearts of government leaders and they will promote justice on behalf of minorities and take action to protect the vulnerable.
- Pray that God will change the hearts of persecutors and that they will turn to Christ.