Indian Christian Couple Hacked to Death
In New Delhi, India, a couple who had recently become Christians was found murdered and horribly dismembered. While the motives for the horrific attack are still under investigation, such stories of violence and murder are sadly not uncommon for Christians in India, who face the hostility of Hindu nationalist groups seeking to eradicate every trace of Christianity from Indian society. Please pray for the two young daughters survived by this couple, one of whom was seriously wounded in the attack and saw her parents’ dismemberment with her own eyes.
6/21/2014 India (BosNewsLife) – Police in eastern India was investigating Saturday, June 21, why a Tibetan couple was hacked to death after converting to Christianity.
The investigation came while a funeral was underway for Dominic Bhutia, 45, and his 35-year-old wife Christina who were hacked to death in Git Dabling village in India’s West Bengal state.
One of the couple’s two daughters, Rinjee, 12, was seriously wounded, Christians said. Masked assailants also gouged out the eyes of the victims in front of Rinjee, Indian media reported.
A younger daughter, aged seven, was spared as Rinjee hid her under a bed, Christians said Friday, June 20.
The attack against the Catholics, 28 kilometers (17 miles) outside the town of Kalimpong in Darjeeling Hills, underscored concerns about a lack of security for minority Christians in India.
“It is just inhuman. The bodies are in pieces,” Bishop Stefen Lepcha of Darjeeling, who visited the scene, was quoted as saying…
Villagers, who informed police, told local media they saw the victims lying in a pool of blood in their home.
In published remarks, Darjeeling’s Superintendent of Police Akhilesh Chaturvedi said the Tibetan couple had converted to Christianity, adding that he “hopes the case will be solved soon”.
It was unclear whether religious motives were behind the attack. Locals said “drug addicts who are all over the area” could be behind the crime.
Yet several groups have condemned the attack, amid concerns the violence could lead to religious tensions.
The Himalayan Buddhist Association was among organizations reportedly the incident, demanding “exemplary punishment of the culprits.”
Christians and churches have been attacked in several parts of India, often by Hindu and other radical religious groups opposing the spread of Christianity.