14-year-old Christian Boy who Suffered Burns to 65% of his Body in Anti-Christian Attack by Hindu Nationalists Has Low Chance of Survival

Christians meet near their rebuilt church in Kandhamal. In 2008, almost every church in the area was destroyed by Hindu nationalists. | John Fredricks

A Christian boy who suffered burns to 65% of his body in an acid attack in eastern India’s Bihar state is in “very, very critical” condition and is unlikely to survive, according to the doctor treating him. The family said they suspect Hindu nationalists are behind the attack because the boy is a leader in a local church and the area they live in has anti-Christian sentiments.

The victim, identified as Nitish Kumar, was attacked with acid after he left his house in a village to go to the market in the early morning on Aug. 11. Now, Dr. K.N. Tiwari of the burn unit of Appolo Burn Hospital in Patna city said “his survival chances are low,” Morning Star News reported.

Drenched, Nitish initially thought they had mischievously thrown water on him, the victim was quoted as saying. “But soon my skin began to burn. The burning sensation increased with every passing second. I dropped the basket and ran toward my house [820 yards away] screaming and howling.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Anugrah Kumar