We have just received a call from Senior Pastor Amit Tirkey that around than 10 families belonging to the Oraun Munda tribe, who worship at Mighty Gospel Mission at Gutwatoli village, Hurhuri panchayat, Ranchi District, Jharkhand State have been given an ultimatum by religious fanatics in the village.
A mob of religious fanatics comprising of local villagers have been attacking them and making life increasing difficult for this Christian community for worshiping Jesus Christ. Once again, today, 31 Jan, the mob visited these 10 families, threatening and coercing them to give up Jesus Christ and take part in the ‘Ghar Wapsi’ ceremony – to cleanse and amalgamate them back to their previous religion.
The radicals have given them one more day to reconsider their commitment. They have been told that if they do not make the decision to come back to their former religion, they would be beaten severely, stripped naked, heads shaved and paraded out of the village. Naturally, the villagers are terrified with the turn of events.
The local villagers have an eye on the property of the Christians and are using ‘conversion allegation’ as a crutch to manipulate and deceive the Christians and ‘grab this land’. The plan is to evict the Christians so that the villagers can fraudulently possess their lands. This has been a strategy across many places in India.
It is clear that the Indian government needs to take stringent action to avoid escalation of communal violence and the persecution of minority communities – especially Christians.
Persecution Relief Founder spoke with Superintendent of Police, Rural, (Mr. Ajit), Ranchi, highlighting the situation and seeking his intervention. Based on the Founder’s intervention, both parties have been summoned to the Police Station for a meeting, where the SP will mediate the proceedings to ensure a just and peaceful outcome.
Church, please raise up fervent prayers for the Christians in the village of Gutwatoli, to stand strong in spite of the injustice
Pray for the fair and just administration and the judiciary in the land.
Pray for the persecutors who are scheduled to meet to take action against the Christians.
2018 Persecution Relief News
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