Unwilling to recant her faith, Christian woman leaves husband and family in Odisha

Published 13 April 2020  |  
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A Christian woman in Odisha leaves house and family after facing brutal treatment from her husband for following Christianity.

Kasturi from Tumhara village started following Christ in 2019 because she found a sense of peace when the church community carried her daily burdens.

However, the decision to follow Christianity came with a coast for Kasturi.

From the day she was baptized, her husband started to curse her and verbally abuse her.

There were times when her husband would kick her out of the house. She would find shelter at her cousin's place and later return home to care for her children.

On January 19, 2020, when her husband was not at home, Kasturi went to attend a Sunday worship service. For her surprise, when she returned, her husband was already back. He greeted her with a brutal beating. He told her to recant her Christian faith otherwise she would never be allowed to step out of the house.

Kasturi was not willing to give up the faith that brought her a sense of peace, and she decided to leave.

"Although I left my house and family, I am still at peace in Jesus Christ," Kasturi told International Christian Concern. "Now, I can go to church every Sunday without any fear. I will follow Jesus Christ until my last breath."

Now, Kasturi is in a new village trying to find a new job and a home to live in. Once her situation is stable, she plans to bring her kids and stay together with them.

The decision to leave her home might have been hard, but Kasturi is happy that she can finally practice her faith freely in the new village.

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