Bajrang Dal submits memorandum against Christians, Madhya Pradesh.
Members of the Bajrang Dal, issue a memorandum to the collector to stop all Christian activities in a village in Madhya Pradesh.
The village of Sohagpur is part of Betul, a district of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. Pastor Mukesh Gujre who is a part of Nehemiah Ministries has been serving the Lord Jesus Christ for the past 8 years in this village. Pastor Mukesh, who directly called Mr. Thomas, Founder of Persecution Relief, narrated the recent challenges that the Church has been facing.
A large group of religious fanatics got together, rallying throughthe village and went to all the 6 Christian families who live inthe village of Sohagpur, threatening them against going to Church and asking them to forsake Jesus Christ.
When a group of fanatics approached a local Christian, SushilaPawar, at her home and threatened her to forsake Jesus Christ,she courageously replied, “how can I forsake Christ, who healed and saved me? And who are you to tell me to forsake him?” Upset about their intrusion, she further asked, “Where were you when I was sick and bed ridden? With that being said, shechased them out of her residence.
Manu Kumar, another Christian youth was slapped by the fanatics and a few other believers were threatened and beaten.
Every Friday, Pastor Mukesh holds a meeting at local believer,Ramji Kumre’s home. This has been happening for the past 8 years.
Nitin Malviya is a young Christian boy who lives with Mukeshwhile pursuing his higher studies. His family lives around 18kms away. Recently, Rajender Pal, one of the believers who assists Pastor Mukesh, along with a couple of other believers,went to visit Nitin’s family . They reached Nitin’s home and went inside to meet the family after parking their SUV on the road. A scheming and sly shop keeper from across the road was watching all this. He maliciously called 100 and informed the police that a few terrorists had come to Nitin’s house. With an intention of creating trouble for the believers, the shop keeper then informed some religious fanatics about Rajender’s arrival. They soon gathered in front of Nitin’s house and started accusing Rajendar of religious conversion, forcing him to leave. Rajender who sensed danger, quickly left as he did not want to cause any trouble for the family. The police who later arrivedwere briefed by Nitin’s family about Rajender’s visit. After the investigation, the police left. This incident happened on the 8th of January 2020.
On the 9th of January 2020, the Bajrang Dal leaders met and conspired a rally against the Christians. They rallied through the whole village, getting into the homes of the Christians and threatened them to turn their backs on Christianity. Furthermore, they approached the collector and submitted a memorandum stating that all Christian activities and religious conversions should be stopped with immediate effect.
Pastor Mukesh has also been warned and threatened againstconducting prayer meetings in that area. He lives around 18kms away from there, but in the same village.
We requests prayers for Pastor Mukesh, the 6 Christian families and the rest of the believers. Also pray for the religious fanatics who are targeting the peaceful and harmless Christians in the village of Sohagpur.
Taking advantage of the Anti-Conversion Law that is currently in force with implementing rules in the state of Madhya Pradesh, religious fanatics with the support from politicians and the police, often plan attacks on Christians, falsely accusing them of religious conversion. Between 2016 to 2018, Madhya Pradesh has featured amongst the top 5 hostile states against Christians in India. In 2019, 27 cases of Hate Crimes against Christians were reported in Madhya Pradesh alone.
Persecution Relief encourages you through God’s word. As 1 Samuel 17:47 says, “All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
Persecution Relief has recorded 330 incidents of hate crimesagainst Christians in 2016, 440 incidents in 2017, 477 incidents in 2018 and in 2019 we have recorded 527 incidents of Christian Persecution in India.
US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) 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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