Christian Woman Killed by Relatives

A woman is silhouetted against a sunset.


A Christian woman was beaten to death with a hammer and other weapons on June 24th because of her conversion to Christianity. The murder took place in Toylanka, a village in the state of Chhattisgarh.

Since her conversion to Christ four years ago, Bindu Sodhi had faced ongoing harassment and threats from opposing Hindu relatives. On the day of the attack, she was plowing a field with members of her immediate family when they were suddenly ambushed. Facing a mob armed with axes and other weapons, Bindu's mother, brother and sister fled the area. However, Bindu couldn't get away and, subsequently, was repeatedly stabbed and beaten.

Complaints have been filed with the police but, at last report, no action had been taken against the attackers. Additionally, it has been reported that Bindu's opposing relatives even resisted her burial. Christian leaders have since spoken out against the violence, as well as the arrest of other believers who have issued calls for justice, demanding that the burial be allowed.

This incident is one of several recent attacks against followers of Jesus in Chhattisgarh. On June 12th, seven Christian families were assaulted in a nearby village. In May, another believer was beaten and stabbed to death, and then buried by his assailants. For more reports on the persecution of Christians in India, go to our country report.

Please lift up Bindu's immediate family members before God's throne of grace as they mourn the loss of their loved one. In addition to enveloping each one of these surviving members with His unfailing peace, comfort and hope, may the Lord also provide them protection from their hostile extended relatives. Pray that those responsible for this attack will not only be held accountable for their wrongful actions, but also that the Holy Spirit would convict them of their need for God's forgiveness – ultimately stirring their hearts to a saving faith in Him through the provision of His Son Jesus. As God's Spirit works in the lives of the perpetrators of this recent attack, may the police take appropriate action to protect others of our Indian Christian family who are likewise facing threats of violence.

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    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.”

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    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.

India News

  • Christian Woman Killed by Relatives
    A woman is silhouetted against a sunset.


    A Christian woman was beaten to death with a hammer and other weapons on June 24th because of her conversion to Christianity. The murder took place in Toylanka, a village in the state of Chhattisgarh.

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    Jime Kawasi is looking down with her eyes closed.
    Kosa Kawasi's wife, Jime.
    Photo: Morning Star News

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  • Prison Sentence for Alleged Forced Conversions
    Pastor Ramesh Ahirwar and Sakshi.
    Pastor Ramesh Ahirwar and his wife Sakshi.
    Photo: Morning Star News

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    Members of the Janwada Methodist
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    Photo: Christian Solidarity Worldwide

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