2 Elderly Christian Women Attacked by Fanatics, Uttar Pradesh.
2 elderly Christian women were attacked by a group of religious extremists on the 25th of July 2020, in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Kunta and Pramila Singh along with 10 others had gathered to pray at a believer’s home in Sudanipur, a village in the Mariahu block of the Jaunpur district.
Rev Ravi Kant Dubey informed Persecution Relief about the attack saying, “The saffron-clad gang entered the home with loud chants of ‘Jai Sri Ram’ and made the Christians stop the prayer meeting by creating a chaos in that area.” He further stated that the furious gang called out the two elderly women, Kunta and Pramila and accused them of forcefully converting villagers.
Speaking to Persecution Relief, Rev. Ravi said, “The gang informed and called the Police to the scene and pressurized them to arrest the women under fabricated allegations of religious conversions. Both elderly women were taken to the Police station for investigation and later released with help from a local Pastor named Deenanath Chauhan who is known to readily assist persecuted Christians in that area.
In a video that has gone viral, regarding the same incident, aman who identifies himself as Deepak Ojha is seen along with a group of men in saffron colored attire with ‘Jai Shri Ram’imprinted on their T-Shirts and bandanas.
During the course of the video he openly claims to be a part of The Bajrang Dal, which is a religious militant organization that forms the youth wing of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP). It is a member of the RSS family of organizations. The ideology of the organization is based on Hindutva (Hindu nationalism).
The extremists’ group allege that there is a missionary organization that is supporting the Christian women in their endeavor to convert people to Christianity. “the police are currently investigating the case and they will soon catch all the people who are involved with the missionaries” the group is heard saying.
Do pray for Kunta and Pramila Singh who are being interrogated by the Police. Pray that God would give them the presence of mind and wisdom to answer every question. Pray that they would be released without any charges. Pray for the Christians who live in Sudanipur. May we also remember to pray for the group of extremists. Pray that God would have a divine encounter with each one of them. Pray that they would experience a mighty change in their hearts and minds and know Jesus as the true and living God who loves them.
Psalm 16:1 says, ‘Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust.’ Not only has God created each one of us, but he has also promised to care for us as we journey through a fallen world. Jesus Christ warned us of the trials we would face for His name sake but also promised to walk with us through them, until the very end. God has the power and ability to protect, provide and preserve us. No other person, thing, power or god can give you the security and peace that Jesus Christ gives. If you have not put your trust in Him yet, why don’t you commit your life to Him today. It will be the best decision of your life, one that you will never regret.
Of the 293 cases of Christian persecution recorded by Persecution Relief in the first half of 2020, 63 hate crimes against Christians were documented in the state of Uttar Pradesh alone. Over the past few years, the state has gained a reputation of being the most hostile state against Christians in India. From January 2016 to June 2020, Persecution Relief has recorded 2067 cases of Hate crimes against Christians in India
The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has downgraded India to the lowest ranking, ‘Countries of Particular Concern’(CPC) In its 2020 report. The US State Department ranked India’s persecution severity at “Tier 2” along with Iraq and Afghanistan. Over the past seven years, India has risen from No. 31 to No. 10 on Open Doors’ World Watch List, ranking just behind Iran in persecution severity.
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