Indian Christian bedridden after being choked unconscious for following Christ
A Sikh family in the northern Indian state of Punjab reportedly choked a 24-year-old Christian woman unconscious for believing in Jesus and attacked the girl's sister and mother. The girl couldn’t speak for nearly a month and remains bedridden.
Five members of the family, one of whom was identified as Manjeet Singh, are alleged to have attacked the three women after they returned from an evening worship service in Ludhiana district’s Ghawaddi village, Morning Star News reported.
The 24-year-old victim is Meenu Kaur Tank. Her 27-year-old sister, Harpreet Kaur Tank, told the nonprofit persecution monitoring organization that she “is unable to come out of shock.”
“She has lost her appetite and hardly talks,” the sister explained. “[The assailant] caught my sister from the throat and pressed it so hard, almost choking her to death. She fell unconscious.” Meenu Kaur Tank was rushed to a hospital immediately after the 45-minute ordeal.
According to Morning Star News, Meenu Kaur Tank remains bedridden on strong medicines and sometimes falls in and out of consciousness. Although she has regained her voice, the sister said that she barely speaks.
Singh was accused of slapping and hitting their 48-year-old mother, Munesh Devi. His 22-year-old son, Monu, is said to have also punched and kicked the mother.
During the attack, the assailants also demeaned the family’s Christian faith. Singh’s wife, daughter and younger brother, Sikander Singh, were also involved in the alleged assault.