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Bijaya Kumar Sanaseth, Anto Akkara, and Gornath Chalanseth - Photo: Morning Star News
Bijaya Kumar Sanaseth, journalist Anto Akkara, and Gornath Chalanseth.
Photo: Morning Star News

Bijaya Kumar Sanaseth was convicted of the murder of a popular Hindu swami in 2008, along with six other Christians. The conviction came despite claims of responsibility by Maoist rebels. In a July 27th decision, India's Supreme Court ordered Bijaya's release, just months after another one of the accused believers, Gornath Chalanseth, was likewise freed on bail. (See the previously posted report.)

Bijaya recounts the many years of separation his family experienced due to the lengthy imprisonment: "My six children were very young, with my youngest child, a girl, being one year old, and my oldest, a boy, was nine years old. Today the youngest is 12 and my oldest is 20. Nobody can give me back the years that I have lost." Since the Supreme Court had ordered his release on bail, Bijaya will not need to return unless the high court itself orders it.

Praise God for the release of these two wrongly convicted men. Please remember the other five Christians who are still unjustly imprisoned for this crime, interceding for their release as well. Pray for Bijaya's adjustment to life outside the prison, and for the re-establishment of his family relationships. May justice and restoration take place in the lives of each prisoner related to this case, and their families, even these many years later.

Current Ministry Projects

VOMC VOMC assists persecuted Christians with legal support and rehabilitation assistance, and cares for children of martyrs by providing them with a safe place to be nurtured physical and spiritually. VOMC also partners to equip Christians in India with Biblical training and works to strengthen and support marginalized and persecuted Christian women. Additionally, VOMC helps to provide medical assistance to believers who have faced injuries after being attacked.”

Project Funds: Families of Martyrs, Equipping the Saints, Legal Defense, Relief and Development, Women’s Ministry, Medical Fund

Country Information

Designation
Persecuted

Population
1,339,330,514 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Indo-Aryan (72), Dravidian (25), Mongoloid and other (3)

Religion (%)
Hinduism (79.8), Muslim (14.2), Christianity (2.3), Sikh (1.7), other (2)

Leader
President Ram Nath Kovind (2017)

Government type
Federal parliamentary republic

Legal system
Based on English common law; separate personal law codes apply to Christians, Hindus and Muslims.

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for India

Despite the intimidation and violence that have taken place in many of India's states, may Christians wisely yet unashamedly preach the Gospel. Pray that indigenous Christians and foreign missionaries will minister in ways that do not hint at fraudulent conversions, unmasking the intentions behind the anti-conversion legislation. Intercede for India's leaders, that they may reign with justice and righteousness.

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