Tribal Christians flee, Jharkhand
Persecution Relief received a desperate call today, 30 May, 2018 from Pastor Sarbjit from Jharkhand State. Among the many Christians who congregate at ‘Kripa Bhawan’, 8 families who also belong to Pastor Sarbjit’s Church, have been severely persecuted.
The families of Bro. Bandhu Kumar, Jeetender Buhia, Ajay Buhia and others, have been harassed since January 2018. All of these families are residents of Satantola village, located in Palamu District in Jharkhand, India.
The ostracization and discrimination had grown so intense that these families have abandoned their homes and property, and fled from the village. It is now over a week, that they have taken refuge in the neighboring village with a fellow Christian.
These families had been followers of Jesus Christ for the last 6 years. However, persecution started in the last one year and grew more intense in the past few months, where they were denied basic amenities. Electricity to their homes was cut. Access to community water was denied. The religious fanatics even started visiting their homes and harassing their women folk.
A complaint was lodged with the Chhatarpur Police Station on the 12th January 2018. Getting no response, a complaint was again lodged on the 14th of May 2018. Police claim that they had called the persecutors to investigate the complaint. The persecutors apparently claim that they are innocent and therefore the situation is in a limbo with no outcome or resolution, although the assaults continue unabated.
These families are poor and break stones for their livelihood. Owing to the persecution and harassment, they have been denied work, driving them to poverty. Finally, unable to live in fear, day in and day out, they have moved to a nearby village, around 2 kms away and have taken shelter at a Bro. Munia’s house. Speaking to Persecution Relief, Pastor Sarbjit Bharti was very troubled for his believers.
Church, please pray for Pastor Sarbjit and for this community of believers, to stand strong through this senseless persecution.
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