Not finding the Christian evangelist they planned to attack at home, worshippers of village deities in central-eastern India beat his mother, wife and 11-month-old son.
Podiya Tati’s mother, Jimmey Tati, suffered a broken hand and injuries to her back and legs when she was struck with wooden rods in the Feb. 20 attack. The assailants said they would kill her son when he returned, sources said.
Tati said his 11-month-old son was in his wife’s arms as they beat her and the baby was struck.
In vulgar language, the indigenous animists asked them why they went to church and did not participate in the village’s religious festivals, he said. Tati, who said he became a Christian after healing prayer cured him of tuberculosis, attends a church in another village eight miles away.
India is ranked 10th on Christian support organization Open Doors’ 2020 World Watch List of the countries where it is most difficult to be a Christian. (MS)