Tamse, Palghar Christian tribals attacked again

January 16, 2013 by  
Filed under India, Maharashtra, newsletter-india, Persecution

Palghar Christian tribals attacked againMaharashtra, January 15, 2013: Mobile Phone Gospel Music Provokes Assault. Christian adivasis (tribals) attacked again. The CSF gets police to register FIR against 8 accused

Severe persecution for tribal Christians continues, especially in the Rural Thane district of Maharashtra. An indication of this is had from the fact that only a day earlier, The CSF general secretary, Joseph Dias got the Tamse (Palghar) Sunday Worship restarted midst strong police protection. The next day, the non-Christian adivasis took exception to Gospel music being played over a mobile speaker-phone. Sister Pallavi Punjari, a believer was listening to spiritual songs on her mobile, with speakers on, when non-Christians objected to it, saying it should not be within their hearing range.

Using the incident as an excuse, a mob of about 200 non-Christian adivasi women brutally assaulted her, along with other women believers like Janki Bhoir and Nandini Jadhav, who tried to rescue her. The non-believers did not even spare a 12 year old child, Neelam Bhoir in the fracas.

On receiving complaints from the believers, The CSF complained to the police, who rushed to the village and were witness to the abuses and threats that were being heaped on the Christian villagers. The matter going out of hand, Joseph Dias urged to the police to book the culprits, who were taking law into their hands. The Manor police then registered an FIR complaint against the 8 non-Christian women, who had mercilessly beat up the believers.

The CSF is keeping a watch on the situation and requests your prayers and support in getting the situation back to normal soon. Those hurt have taken basic medicare, but there is need to ensure that the material needs of the believers are met. There is also need to give the Christian adivasis – Bibles, training, education, musical instruments and a place to pray. This will help build and strengthen their faith and also spread the Good News to the neighbouring villages.

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