(BosNewsLife) – Baptists in Turkmenistan faced another difficult Sunday, July 31, after a private home where they gathered regularly was stormed by police who beat the handicapped host with her own Bible and threatened to hang her, human rights activists reported. The news agency of religious rights watchdog Forum 18 said Asiya Zasedatelevaya was still suffering because of the July 19 violence in her home in the town of Turkmenabad , Turkmenistan , and that she appealed to the authorities to return Christian literature confiscated from her. “They started to interrogate me, despite the fact that I’m a third-category invalid unable to hear and speak,” Zasedatelevaya was quoted as telling Forum 18 News (F18News). When she did not reveal where she had got her Christian books, one of the policemen apparently hit her over the head with her Bible, while the second hit her in the face.
“The local policeman threatened to hang me,” she added. “During all this my four-year-old child was present in the flat.” Police officials could not be reached for comment. Zasedatelevaya said several men, including two in civilian clothing, were involved in the raid in the morning of July 19, and accompanied by local police captain in uniform. She said police also took away all her religious literature, as well as a Russian dictionary, without giving her a record of the confiscation. She was then taken to a police station where she was told that neighbors had written a statement reporting that religious meetings lasting up three hours were held in her flat.
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