An Indian couple has detailed how they were tied and beaten by a mob of neighbors over their refusal to deny Christ and participate in a local religious ritual.
Open Doors USA, a nonprofit persecution watchdog that operates in over 60 countries around the world, has shared the story of how God saved a woman named Preeti and her husband from an angry mob.
Preeti and her husband (name unknown) recalled while recently speaking with an Open Doors partner one day in which they were chased down with spears, swords and other weapons by a group of about 30 to 40 locals.
The reason? Because they told the people of their village that they would not participate in their local ritual because they had left their “old gods” and found Christ.
The couple’s response caused unrest in the community and immediately put their lives in danger.
As the couple was being chased, Preeti reported that the mob tried to rape her and even tore some of her clothing.
According to Open Doors, Preeti and her husband were tied down with ropes and beaten by the neighbors.
Fortunately, the couple was able to escape and fled different directions.
“Somehow God saved me that day,” Preeti was quoted as saying.
As the mob chased after the couple, Preeti said that she hid in another home in the village. Although the homeowners were not Christian, they allowed Preeti to hide out there until the rain came. The precipitation dispersed the mob and allowed Preeti the opportunity to flee to a pastor’s home in another village.
Her husband eventually made it to the pastor’s home in the other village but not before sustaining multiple injuries.
“Though I am still fearful to return to my village, I am comforted by God,” Preeti, who recently attended an Open Doors persecution training event, explained.
The experience that Preeti and her husband faced for their love for Christ is not uncommon in certain parts of India.
Open Doors ranks India as the 11th-worst country in the world when it comes to Christian persecution.
One of the main sources of persecution of Christians in India is Hindu radicals. In many cases, Hindu radicals are able to persecute minorities with a level of impunity given to them by local authorities.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith