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By Milos Stosic

10/19/2017 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Across Chhattisgarh, a central state in India known for its temples and waterfalls, 15 Christian families have been abused by their neighbors due to their faith. Most Christians were beaten and forced to leave their homes. Unfortunately, police have refused to charge those who were responsible by not following through with the investigation.

As their neighbors attacked and discriminated against them, Christians could not find safety in their parents’ homes because their parents told them to abandon Christ in exchange for safety. Faithful believers did not want to abandon their faith and have, instead, experienced rejection and beatings.

Sukdu and his wife are Christians who were denied access to water because of their faith, and the persecution only grew worse. On June 23, 2017, people in the village decided to attack Sukdu and his wife and beat them severely with sticks. Even though the incident was reported to the police, the investigation produced no results. After the incident, Sukdu and his family had to take shelter in another village.

Mangturam was harassed by the people in his village who came to his house to ask him about his faith. They said that because of his faith, diseases and evil spirits were coming to the village. Mangturam was asked to deny his faith and, when he refused, oppressors beat him and dragged him out of his home. They told him to leave the village and if he ever returned, they would kill him.

These are just two of the 15 families that have been persecuted. In order to help these 52 people who have been persecuted for their faith, International Christian Concern (ICC) provided food, clothes, kitchen goods, and bedding. These goods are intended to help families as they seek medical care, legal action, and housing.

Sukla, who was kicked out of his house by his father, said, “God sent his people who are completely unknown to me to provide this relief. Now my faith became stronger than before.  I thank God for choosing such a rejected person like me. I thank ICC specially for sending me this blessing.”

Sanwati, who had her house demolished by the people in her village, said that her faith is not broken, “I thank God for keeping me faithful [until] this time.  I believe that due to my strong belief I got this relief.”