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India: Christian woman stripped and beaten to death
05 December 2016
Samari Kasabi (55), a Christian from the village of Dokawaya, District Sukma, Chhattisgarh, was stripped naked, beaten to death, and her body was burnt by people from her village on the night of 16 October.
Her son Sukura (35) and his family were at church when the attack took place, about 12km away from their village. The villagers had initially been looking for Sukura, and attacked Samari when they discovered he was not there.
When Sukura returned and found out what had happened, he rushed to the Sindhgarh police. When the police arrived, they took the village chief with them and detained him for two days. During the interrogation the village chief confirmed that Samari was beaten to death and then burnt by some villagers. The police then arrested several people from the village and allowed the village chief to go free.
Three Open Doors volunteers went to visit Sukura after they learned about the incident. Sukura's village is very remote - there is no proper road within a 45km radius, and there is also no network coverage for mobile phones. One of the volunteers said, "We had great difficulty with our bikes, the roads were bad and one of the bikes broke down on the way. We tied it to the other one and dragged it along."
But it meant a lot to Sukura that they made the effort to visit him. When they spoke to Sukura he was very distressed. He said, "Since the day I came to faith no Christian leader from any place has visited us. This is the first time someone has come and prayed for us. Thank you so much."
Sukura's family are the only Christians in their village. Earlier in 2016 Sukura's family were abducted by Naxalites, a Communist guerilla group, after the villagers told the militants that Sukura's family were causing trouble. The Naxalites released them after three days when they realised that they were only praying for the sick and needy.
Sukura says, "We were able to share about Jesus to the Naxalites also, and then we prayed for them. They watched us praying and could find no fault in us. They declared to the villagers that we were innocent and were praying for the welfare of the community and not disturbing the peace in the community."
Despite this, the villagers continued to threaten Sukura and his family. The threats of the villagers caused three other Christian families in the village to give up their faith.
- For protection and comfort for Sukura's family
- That God will change the hearts of the villagers who killed Samari and that they will turn to Him
- Thank God that Sukura's family have remained faithful to Christ in the face of kidnap and threats. Pray that they will remain strong in their faith.
- Thank God for the Open Doors volunteers who were able to visit Sukura and his family, despite the difficulties they encountered. Pray that Open Doors volunteers would be able to reach other isolated believers with support and encouragement.
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