ELDERLY WOMAN, DAUGHTER-IN-LAW & SON SAVAGELY ATTACKED BY FANATICS, MADHYA PRADESH.
A 72-year-old woman, her son and daughter-in-law were mercilessly beaten to state of unconsciousness by religious fanatics in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The elderly mother was left with a broken hand while the head injuries that her son sustained required stitches.
“Early in the morning, on the 14th of August, my mother and wife were busy with house chores while I was outside brushing my teeth. I was taken by shock and surprise when a group of men and women from my village stormed into my home and began to beat me up” said *Kanti Lal, in conversation with Persecution Relief.
75 Year old mother of Pastor
“Before I could understand what was going on, I seen my wife and mother being dragged out and attacked as well, after which, all I remember is being brutally abused and assaulted” said Kanti Lal. He further explained that he recognized a few of the people that had attacked them, a few being from the same village itself.
“When I regained consciousness, I seen my wife and mother lying helpless and injured on the floor. I was bleeding profusely from my forehead. All I could think of doing was calling 100 for help.” Kanti Lal said that not long after he explained the situation to the operator, an ambulance arrived. They were all admitted to the government hospital and kept there for 3 days.
“I have a serious wound on my head with 5 stitches on it. My old mother’s hand is broken and my wife *Shoba is shattered after the attack. The fanatics vandalized my home as well. They made a mess of everything and left” said Kanti Lal.
Kanti Lal has been serving with the local Church for the past 5 years. Around 50 Christians are a part of this church and come from different parts of the district. Kanti has been facing harassment and threats over the past few months, on account of his Christian faith however this time round he says, “they tried to kill me and my family!”
A viral video of Kanti Lal’s attack is being circulated on social media and shows him and his family lying bruised and battered in a state of semi-consciousness. The video reveals a chilling perspective of religious intolerance in India. The fanatics took the liberty to viciously harm, even a helpless aged woman and strike during daylight with complete impunity.
The family is the only Christian family in that village and no one is willing to step forward and help them from fear of being attacked by the persecutors. Hence, Persecution Relief is presently doing all we can to support the ailing family and helping them meet their medical expenses and basic needs.
Kanti Lal and his family have been shaken after the incident and have made a complaint at the local police station regarding the same. He has requested the Church to pray for them as they are currently living in fear.
We request you to pray for the family, especially Kanti’s mother who is not keeping in good health. Pray for complete healing and restoration for Kanti, his wife and his mother. Pray that they would trust in God’s protection, provision, healing and love during this time of despair, that the joy of the Lord would be their strength. Pray that their persecutors would realize the wrong they have done. That God would meet with them in a mighty way just as he met with Paul. Pray sincerely for the salvation of their souls.
2 Corinthians 1:8-10 “For we do not want you to be ignorant, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and He will deliver us again. On Him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again.” Every trial must cause us to heavily rely and depend on God because it is only Him who has the power to deliver us, even from death itself.
Between January to July 2020, Persecution Relief has documented 9 religiously motivated hate crimes that have led to death, of which 2 involve rape. From January 2016 to June 2020, Persecution Relief has recorded 2067 cases of Hate crimes against Christians in India of which 293 cases were recorded in the first half of 2020 alone.
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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