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Christian Community in India Left Devastated After Attack by Extremists

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On September 22, members of the Sarya Adivasi Samaj (SAM) group summoned 15 Christian families to a meeting in Kakadabeda village, located in the Kondagoan district of India’s Chhattisgarh state. At this meeting, the Christians were told they had to recant their faith or be forced to leave their homes.

When the Christians refused, the religious fanatics attacked.

“We have been tortured for almost three weeks,” Suraj Bhagel, a survivor of the September 22 attack, told International Christian Concern (ICC). Following the assault, SAM members demolished all the 15 Christian families’ homes. Fearing further violence, the Christians fled into the forest and took shelter in nearby villages.

“We returned to our village only to see the devastation,” Bhagel continued. “Rubble, broken utensils, scattered clothes, and broken cycles and motorbikes were all around us. Our situation is very pathetic. We are living in broken houses that are just roofless walls. We are also unheard and unattended by the authorities.”

According to Bhagel, the September 22 attack is the third attack on Kakadabeda’s Christian community in the last eight years. Historically, these attacks have been limited to physical assaults. However, the most recent episode has left Kakadabeda’s Christians homeless and stunned.

“My mind is not working properly,” Bhagel told ICC. “We often don’t have food to eat and cannot stay in our homes whenever there is rain. There has been no help from the police or the district administration. That has added to our fear of further attacks by religious fanatics.”

According to Bhagel, the September 22 attack in Kakadabeda was only the first of several similar incidents in Chhattisgarh.

“We are troubled by how things are unfolding,” Bhagel said. “Just two weeks after we were attacked, two Christians in Tiliyabeda village, only five kilometers away, were brutally attacked. Both of them were seriously injured and are in critical condition in the government hospital.”

Following the incident in Tiliyabeda, the local district administration issued an order banning all village meetings. The order prohibiting village meetings was issued on October 12 in direct response to the attacks on local Christians.

“This is a terrible and frightening experience,” Bhagel continued. “However, I want to thank God for His protection. Although this is a painful situation, I am encouraged in my spirit and will press on witnessing His name.”

Across India, attacks on Christians and their worship places continue to escalate in both number and severity. According to a report released by the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) India, at least 328 incidents of targeted violence against Christians were recorded in 2019. This number represents a significant increase in violence when compared to previous years. However, the 328 incidents recorded in ADF’s report only represent a portion of the violence that is being experienced by India’s Christian community. Most incidents go unreported due to fear of reprisal or lack of confidence in India’s justice system.
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സമൂഹ മാധ്യമം വഴി അധിക്ഷേപിച്ചാൽ ഇനി പിടി വീഴും

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സമൂഹ മാധ്യമം വഴി അധിക്ഷേപിച്ചാൽ ഇനി പിടി വീഴും. പൊലീസ് ആക്ട് ഭേദഗതിക്ക് മന്ത്രിസഭ അംഗീകാരം നൽകി. സോഷ്യൽ മീഡിയയിലൂടെയുള്ള അതിക്ഷേപങ്ങൾക്കെതിരെ നടപടി എടുക്കാൻ പൊലീസ് ആക്ടിൽ വകുപ്പില്ലെന്ന് ആക്ഷേപം ഉയർന്നിരുന്നു. ഈ പശ്ചാത്തലത്തിലാണ് പുതിയ തീരുമാനം.

2011ലെ പൊലീസ് ആക്ട് ഭേദഗതി ചെയ്യാനാണ് തീരുമാനം. 118 A വകുപ്പ് കൂട്ടിച്ചേർക്കാനാണ് ഓർഡിനൻസ് കൊണ്ടുവരുന്നത്. സമൂഹ മാധ്യമങ്ങളിലൂടെയുള്ള ഭീഷണിപ്പെടുത്തൽ, അധിക്ഷേപിക്കൽ, ഇവ പ്രസിദ്ധീകരിക്കൽ പ്രചരിപ്പിക്കൽ എന്നിവ ഇനി കുറ്റകൃത്യമാകും. ഇത് സംബന്ധിച്ച് പൊലീസിന് കേസെടുക്കാൻ അധികാരം ലഭിക്കും. 2020 ഐടി ആക്ടിലെ 66 A
2011 പൊലീസ് ആക്ടിലെ 118 എന്നിവ സുപ്രിംകോടതി റദ്ദ് ചെയ്തിരുന്നു. ഇതോടെ സമൂഹ മാധ്യമങ്ങളിലൂടെയുള്ള കുറ്റകൃത്യം തടയാൻ നിയമം ദുർബലം എന്ന വിലയിരുത്തലിന്റെ അടിസ്ഥാനത്തിലാണ് സർക്കാർ തീരുമാനം.

നേരത്തെ മലയാള സിനിമാ ഡബിംഗ് ആർട്ടിസ്റ്റ് ഭാഗ്യലക്ഷ്മിക്കെതിരെ സമൂഹമാധ്യമങ്ങളിലൂടെ അശ്ലീല പ്രചാരണം വന്നത് വലിയ വിവാദങ്ങൾക്കാണ് വഴിവച്ചത്. സോഷ്യൽ മീഡിയയിലൂടെയുള്ള അതിക്ഷേപങ്ങളിൽ നടപടിയെടുക്കാൻ പൊലീസ് ആക്ടിൽ വകുപ്പില്ലെന്ന അധികാരികളുടെ നിലപാട് വലിയ വിമർശനത്തിന് വഴിവച്ചിരുന്നു. പരാതിക്ക് നടപടിയില്ലെന്ന് കാണിച്ച് സൈബർ ആക്രമണത്തിന് ഇരയായവരും രംഗത്തെത്തിയിരുന്നു. ഈ പശ്ചാത്തലത്തിലാണ് പുതിയ ഭേദഗതി.

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Lifelight Ministries invitation to Divine Family Webinar Series

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Lifelight Ministries aims to minister among youth with a clear objective of transforming young lives for the glory of God. It has been our constant endeavour to share the joy of walking in the love of Jesus Christ. On behalf of Lifelight Ministries, it gives me immense pleasure to bring to you ‘Divine Family Webinar Series’.

You are invited to join the 8-part online Family Enrichment programme held every Saturday from 08:00 pm to 9:30 pm, October 31, 2020 – December 19th, 2020 via Zoom. The sessions will be led by Dr. Chacko Mathai, Family Counsellor and Psychologist who has a rich experience of more than 18 years of counselling 2500+ families in various corporate/ formal and informal set-ups, along with his wife Mrs. Molly Chacko who will be enlightening us on the following components:

 Foundation of Marriage
 Expression of Love
 Resolving Conflicts
 Effective Communication
 Forgiveness in Marriage
 Healthy Sexual Relationship
 Question and Answer Session

Post the positive feedback and life-changing testimonies of various couples received after the successful completion of the Family Enrichment 8-part web series in Malayalam, we are greatly inspired to extend the reach and replicate the same in English and Hindi as well.

This opportunity will prove equally beneficial for both married couples and even those preparing for the same. The sessions, purely intended at impacting many more lives, will be conducted completely free of cost.

Looking forward to your valuable presence and participation. Please do feel free to share this information to anyone who might be interested.
Zoom Id – 774485940490

Rev. Finny George (President) +91 7986320233

Pr. Biju Thankachen (Vice-President) +91 7558080069

Bro. Lijo Reji (General Coordinator) +91 9311252922

Gali No 1, Guru Nanak Nagary, Muktsar, Muktsar, Punjab, India – 152026
Contact: +91 7986320233, 91 7558080069, +91 9886652142
Email:[email protected],
www.Lifelight.in

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