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BangladeshOn May 2, Pastor Motilal Das's daughter, Elina (13), was gang-raped by five Muslim men in the village of Laksmipur, Bangladesh. A forensics test was conducted following the attack but the results allegedly proved that her claims of sexual assault were false (click here for more details). According to an August 18 report from Compass Direct, a second DNA test was conducted by a different hospital and confirmed that Elina was either raped or sexually assaulted. Mymensingh Medical College Hospital Forensic Department head Akhteruzzaman Talukder has denied accusations that the relatives of the accused men paid the hospital to falsify the results of the first forensics test. Pastor Das claims that the same relatives have threatened and bribed him in an attempt to have him withdraw the case.

Pray for Elina Das and her family. Pray that they will not be fearful, but trust in God (Revelation 2:10). Pray that the authorities will act with integrity in determining the guilt of the accused men.

For more information on the persecution facing Christians in Bangladesh, go to the Bangladesh Country Report.

Current Ministry Project

The people of Bangladesh have a great spiritual hunger for the Word of God. In response to this need, VOMC is helping to provide Biblical training to a group of Christians who have a strong desire to learn more about the Lord and grow closer in their relationship with Him.

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Country Information

Designation
Persecuted

Population
164,098,818 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Bengali (98), Ethnic groups (1.1)

Religions (%)
Islam (88.4), Hinduism (10), other - includes Buddhism and Christianity (1.6)

Leader
President Abdul Hamid (2013)

Government type
Parliamentary republic

Legal system
Based on English common law and Islamic law.

Source: CIA World Factboo

Pray for Bangladesh

As the Word of God goes forth in Bangladesh through the Christian radio and television broadcasts, may the "Good News" of the Gospel accomplish mighty things in the lives of all who hear it! Pray that the seeds sown in hearts will take root and bear healthy and lasting fruit, and that the spiritual leaders of this country will be ready and equipped to disciple the resulting influx of new believers.

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