Indian Christians still praise God despite police brutality and imprisonment over false charges

Several Christians in Jharkhand state in India are still able to praise God despite the police brutality and month-long imprisonment they endured over false charges which stemmed from their praying for an ill woman.

(REUTERS / Akhtar Soomro)Protesters demand the release of Asia Bibi at a Karachi rally, November 25,2010.

On Sept. 16, six Christians were assaulted by tribal Gondi villagers in the district of Simdega while they were praying for the healing of a sick woman, according to sources. They were thrown in jail for a month over false charges, and police also beat two of the accused believers, Morning Star News detailed.

Dasrath Karketta, one of the arrested Christians, said the police officers beat Sajan Majhi and Kalender Majhi. He added that the authorities did not give them an opportunity to explain their side.

According to Karketta, a Hindu named Bikhru Majhi had been amazed after he had heard how the former had been healed of his cancer and had invited them to his home to pray for Nitu Devi, his wife.

The six Christians were reportedly charged with insulting religion and promoting enmity. They spent a month in jail before they were able to post bail, but Karketta said their time inside was spent in joyous worship and prayer.

"We spent one month in jail joyously – we sang hymns, read the Bible, prayed and worshipped together in jail," said Karketta. "We shared the gospel with other inmates in the district jail. There also, people came to Christ. We strongly felt the Lord was using us for His work and were happy about it."

Meanwhile in Gujarat, the Archbishop of Gandhinagar was rebuked by the Election Commission after he issued a letter calling on Catholic Christians to pray that India would be "saved of nationalist forces." Father Thomas Macwan also asked for prayers for the voters to continue obeying their Constitution, Christian Today relayed.

The EC apparently received a complaint about Archbishop Macwan's letter that prompted them to ask him for an explanation. His action was reportedly deemed as an attempt to stir fear and division among the public ahead of the December elections for the Gujarat state Assembly.