A 55-year-old Christian woman in a rural village in Punjab, North India, bled to death after she was attacked outside her house on 11 September. Balwinder Kaur – who suffered from a mental disability caused by an accidental electric shock around 20 years ago – was arrested last year following accusations that she desecrated the Guru Granth Sahib (the Sikh holy book). It not yet clear who is responsible for her murder.
Hindu extremists forced their way into a private home in Uttar Pradesh on 26 August and beat up a church pastor who was leading a prayer meeting. The pastor, who is a convert to Christianity, was accused by the mob of proselytising Hindus.
On 16 September, Prashant Bhatnagar, a 45-year-old Christian man, was abducted and severely beaten by a group of men, believed to be from Shriram Pratishthan (a local Hindu organisation), whilst distributing Christian literature in Kharghar and Taloja, near Mumbai. He was taken by car to a secluded spot in Taloja, where he was beaten and threatened with death if he continued distributing the literature.
Pray that the love of God will enfold the family of Balwinder Kaur following her murder. Ask the Lord to grant wisdom and courage to the pastor and Prashant Bhatnagar as they seek to continue serving Him following the respective attacks on them. Pray that Christians in India, who are coming under increasing persecution, will “consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that [they] will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:3)