Christian family severely assaulted by fanatics, Jharkhand.
An elderly couple and their young son and daughter were brutally beaten by religious fanatics who alleged forced religious conversions.
Ganesh Kumar Yadav lives with his elderly parents and young sister in a village called Barkattha located in the Hazaribagh district in the Indian state of Jharkhand. They are part of the Yahova Parmeshwar Ministry Church that has an attendance of over 300 people. Ganesh has two homes that are opposite to each other on either side of the road. He and his family live in the smaller home while the bigger house is used for prayer meetings.
On the 2nd of March 2020, to his surprise, Ganesh received a call from the Barkattha Police station. Daroga(Sub-Inspector)Lakshman Tiwari had called to inform him that there was a complaint made against him of forced religious conversion by 4 people, namely, Santosh Kumar Yadav, Dashrat Kumar Yadav, Sundar Kumar Yadav and Bhola Kumar Yadav.These men are also Ganesh’s neighbours. The Daroga asked him to come to the police station as soon as possible, however, Ganesh told him that he could not come to the station at that time since he was busy with a prayer meeting. The Daroga then asked him to come on the 4th of March, but since Ganesh was going out on that day, he requested to see him on the 3rd of March. The Daroga then said he would get back to him soon.
A short while after Ganesh spoke to the Daroga, at around 8pm, his sister, Samanthi Kumari went outside her house to do some work. She soon realized she was not alone. A group of fanatics lead by their neighbour Santosh Kumar Yadav surrounded her and began verbally abusing her, creating a huge commotion. Curious about the noise, Ganesh, his father-Mahadev Yadav and mother-Bundua Devi rushed outside to see what was happening. The moment they stepped outside, the angry group of fanatics pounced on them and began beating up the family. They showed no remorse while assaulting the two elderly parents and theiryoung daughter.
While being beaten, Ganesh heard Santosh yell, “You have no time to visit the police station? Why did you tell the Daroga that you have no time today? Why are you making excuses and wasting time?” In a helpless situation, the family escaped from the mob and ran for cover to the prayer house opposite their home. But the mob chased after them and continued assaulting them. They then managed to run away from the prayer houseinto a nearby shop, but the inconsiderate shop keeper refused to provide safety. The bruised and battered family then escaped through a gate from behind their property and somehow managed to reach the Barkattha police station.
Seeing their horrible physical condition, the police rushed all four of them to the Barkattha government Hospital. Ganesh’s father, who was bleeding profusely from his mouth and face was immediately admitted, while Ganesh’s sister and mother were admitted with severe injuries. Ganesh sustained injuries to his back and stomach along with serious injuries to his head.
On the 5th of March, Persecution Relief spoke to Ganesh, who was still being treated with his family at the hospital. He was still in pain as he narrated the entire ordeal. He also mentioned that an FIR has been lodged at the Barkattha police station.
We request you to pray for a speedy recover for Ganesh and his family and for protection over them. Pray that all the people who persecuted them, would soon recognise Jesus Christ as the one and true living God who can offer them eternal life.
“The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” 1 Samuel 17:37. If you are feeling like all odds are against you, be reminded of David and be encouraged. God is on your side and that makes all the difference. Like David, we must rely on Gods power and not our own. The battle belongs to the Lord!
Between January 2016 to December 2019, there has been a rise of 59.6% of Hate Crimes against Christians all across the country. In 2019 alone, Persecution Relief has recorded the maximum number of 527 cases compared to 447 cases in 2018, 440 in 2017 and 330 in 2016.
What stands out amongst the Hate Crimes in India is that 4 Christians were murdered in 2019. We recorded 199 incidents related to Threats, Intimidations & Harassments against Christians, 104 incidents of Church attacks, 85 incidents of Physical Violence reported which includes Women & Children, 100s of House Churches were forcefully closed down by Religious Fanatics and the local administrations.
The state of Uttar Pradesh has showed a shocking 179.4% leap in cases of Christian Persecution between 2016 to 2019! From 39 cases being reported in 2016, the number has sky rocketed to 109 cases in 2019 alone bringing the total count from across the country to 527 cases. Uttar Pradesh has proved to be the most hostile state in the country against Christians for the past 3 consecutive years. Tamil Nadu continues to rank as the second most hostile state in the country with 75 cases, followed by Karnataka with 32 cases, bringing the state of Maharashtra to number 4 with 31 cases and Bihar with 30 cases stands at number 5.
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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