Christian Family in India Beaten for Observing Holy Week

ICC Note:

A Christian family in India has been attacked and beaten by religious fanatics. While observing Holy Week, a band of fanatics burst into their home and beaten all family members and permanently maiming the mother. The attackers chopped the mothers hand in two pieces. Will Christians ever get peace in India? 

3/30/2013 India (Christian Newswire) – On March 27 in the middle of the Christian observance of Holy Week, a band of Religious fanatics burst into the home of Indian Christians, beating all family members and maiming the mother. The family had just sat down to dinner in their home in an undisclosed area of Uttar Pradesh, India, when the attack began.

Every member of the family suffered brutal injuries. Mrs. Survati, the mother, was severely maimed. Attackers severed her hand, cutting it into two pieces. Their 22-year-old daughter, Archana, was badly beaten and her hand fractured. The father, Ramnath, and daughter Antika were also beaten, and Arvind, their 20-year-old son, suffered injuries that rendered him unconscious.

Neighbors came to the aid of the family and admitted them to a hospital where they are all currently receiving medical aid.

“The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church,” said K. P. Yohannan, Gospel for Asia (www.gfa.org) founder and president. “Persecution and suffering, the way of the Cross — this is what Christ promised us, and I am convinced nothing is going to stop his Church.”

Bablu, a Gospel for Asia-supported pastor, ministers to about 200 believers spread over this area of India. Because some live long distances away, the pastor conducts prayer meetings in various locations in believers’ houses, including the home of this persecuted family. Religious militants have targeted these prayer host homes for attacks.

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