INDIA: Tensions Erupt in Bastar District
Tensions are erupting in Chhattisgarh’s southern Bastar district as violent persecution with impunity becomes prevalent.
At least 50 villages have banned all non-Hindu religious practice. In many places Christians are being denied food rations and access to water. Churches are being attacked and Christians assaulted without the authorities intervening, which guarantees that the situation will escalate.
Officials in Madota invited Christians to meet with them for mediation on 25 October. The Christians attended but nobody else did. Then, in the evening, a truck arrived with 50 Hindu militants who attacked the defenceless Christians with knives, swords and axes. Fifteen believers were wounded and 12 required hospitalisation for serious injuries. Many Christians have fled. Impunity is almost inevitable.
Source: Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin
- Pray the Lord will protect and provide for believers; ask Him to give them the resolve to continue to follow and serve Him in spite of the severe opposition. Intercede for those who are injured.
- Pray the Lord will stir those in authority to act justly and seek peace for all citizens.
- Pray the believers will be able to love and forgive their attackers and by doing so act as a compelling witness for the love, strength and authority of Jesus Christ.