Christian family violently expelled from village in Central India
A pastor along with his family and his 9-year-old daughter, who had been attacked and threatened, were violently kicked out of their village because of their Christian faith in India’s Madhya Pradesh state. As a result, the family has been forced to live in the nearby jungle as they struggle to survive.
According to Pastor Lalu Kirade, villagers from Bilood village attacked and destroyed their family home after being instigated by Bajrang Dal extremists. The attack took place on March 9 at approximately five in the evening.
“Laxman was inebriated when he came to my house and began to question me about my faith,” Pastor Kirade told Morning Star News. For the next two hours, Laxman harassed Pastor Kirade and his family. At one point, Laxman began to beat Pastor Kirade’s 5-year-old son. Pastor Kirade intervened and drove Laxman away.
Two hours later, Laxman returned with other villagers and attacked Pastor Kirade and his family with wooden rods. According to Morning Star News, even Pastor Kirade’s elderly parents were beaten by the assailants.
Attacks on Christians and their places of worship continue to escalate in both number and severity in India. According to the Evangelical Fellowship of India, Christians in India were violently attacked 366 times in 2019 alone.
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