PLEASE PRAY: Christian families forced to flee village leaving homes and livestock behind amid fears for their lives [#IndiaPersecution #ChristianPersecution] 07/04

PLEASE PRAY: Christian families forced to flee village leaving homes and livestock behind amid fears for their lives [#IndiaPersecution #ChristianPersecution] 07/04

2 Christian families from Dassmora village, Azamgarh District, Uttar Pradesh, India were forced to flee their village on July 4, 2020, leaving their homes and livestock behind amid fears for their lives.

Christians in the village began to experience harassment on July 2, 2020, when a mob of about 35 villagers entered a prayer house in the village, which was built by Sunita Maurya and Akhilesh Kannaujia in 2018, and verbally abused the people who were in the property at the time.

About 500 people from neighboring villages used to visit the home for prayers.

The following day, the same mob broke into the prayer house once again and ransacked it, assaulting the prayer house’s pastor, Vikas Gupta.

The mob threatened to rape and murder those gathered there, and to burn the house down if the Christians did not leave the village.

Pastor Vikas Gupta was then dragged to the local temple shrine where he was forced to bow before an idol and made to promise not to seek police help in the matter.

The victims did not register a First Information Report (FIR), which is required for the police to open an investigation, due to fear of the threats they received.

The victims experienced more harassment and threats on the night of July 3, 2020.

FORCED TO FLEE: Christian families forced to flee village leaving homes and livestock behind amid fears for their lives [#IndiaPersecution #ChristianPersecution] 07/04
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