Six Christians in India’s Jharkhand state, who were reportedly jailed for a month simply for praying for a sick Hindu woman, have led fellow inmates to Christ by sharing the Gospel inside of prison, they claim.
Local sources have told Morning Star News that police arrested the six Christians on Sept. 16 in the Ghosra village after local Hindu extremists attacked the group when they went to the home of a local Hindu man to pray for God to heal his sick wife.
Instead of arresting the Hindu villagers that attacked the praying Christians, sources said that authorities charged the victims of the attack with insulting religion and “promoting enmity between classes,” both charges that are punishable by up to three years in prison.
In addition to the arrest, police officers physically beat two of the Christians — 25-year-old Sajan Majhi and 20-year-old Kalender Majhi.
Thirty-five-year-old Dasrath Karketta, another Christian who was arrested, told Morning Star News that the police officers repeatedly hit the two men.
“They didn’t give us a chance to speak. If they inquired of us, we could have explained what happened exactly, but they didn’t,” Karketta was quoted as saying. “Instead, they scarred the face of Kalender Majhi. He bled also.”
Karketta explained that they spent one month in jail “joyously” before they were each released on bail.
During their stint in jail, Karketta said that he and the four other male Christians he was arrested with read the Bible, prayed, worshiped, sang hymns and evangelized to fellow inmates.
“We shared the gospel with other inmates in the district jail,” Karketta said. “There also, people came to Christ. We strongly felt the Lord was using us for His work and were happy about it.”
Recalling the day of his arrest, Karketta explained that he and the others were specifically asked by Bikhru Majhi to go to his home and pray for his wife because Majhi had heard Karketta’s testimony about how he beat cancer and was led to Christ.
Although Majhi is a Hindu, the report explains that he has regularly invited Christians to pray for his wife.
“Bikhru believes the prayers can heal her,” Karketta was quoted as saying.
Despite the fact that they were invited to the home to pray for the sick woman, the local Hindu mob didn’t care and believed they were there only for conversion.
“They surrounded us and started beating the Christian brothers and me,” Christian woman Balmuni Kumari told Morning Star News. “We told them it’s not conversion, we only came to pray for a sick woman.”
Kumari, who was the only woman arrested during the incident, noted that she was sent to a woman’s prison. She also explained that threats were made against her family by Hindu radicals while she was in detention. The Hindu radicals demanded that her family flee the village.
“The family faced severe opposition because of their faith,” Kumari’s brother, Singhray Kullu, told Morning Star News. “The Gondis plotted to expel them from the village. Balmuni’s mother went into depression. Things turned normal after her release.”
The six Christians arrested in the Ghosra village are not alone in their persecution. India ranks as the 15th worst country in the world when it comes to Christian persecution, according to Open Doors USA’s 2017 World Watch List.
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Source: Christian Post