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Christians in Jharkhand Continue to Praise God Despite Imprisonment
Monday, December 4, 2017, 12:42 (IST)
Several Christians in Jharkhand have remained faithful to God despite police brutality and month-long imprisonment they endured over false charges which stemmed from their praying for the healing of a sick woman in the district of Simdega.
Six Christians were attacked by tribal Gondi villagers after they were involved in healing prayer for an ill woman on Sept. 16. Mistaken for sorcery and forced conversion, the villagers assaulted the believers. With the help of the local police, they threw them in jail for a month, and police beat them brutally, Morning Star News explained.
On their bail, Dasrath Karketta, one of the arrested Christians, said the police officers beat Sajan Majhi and Kalender Majhi. He added that the police did not listen to any explanation from their side.
Karketta, a believer who has been healed of his cancer, had amazed a Hindu named Bikhru Majhi by sharing his testimony. The latter had invited the believers to his home to pray for Nitu Devi, his wife.
Attacked in the middle of the prayer, the six Christians were reportedly charged with insulting Hindu religion and promoting religious enmity. They spent month-long in jail before they were able to post bail, but Karketta said their time inside was spent in joyous worship and prayer.
"We spent one month in jail joyously – we sang hymns, read the Bible, prayed and worshipped together in jail," said Karketta.
"We shared the gospel with other inmates in the district jail. There also, people came to Christ. We strongly felt the Lord was using us for His work and were happy about it," he added.