Christian Teenager Dies From Wounds Suffered in Acid Attack, No Arrests Made

Rafiganj rail station | Jayanta Manda

A Christian teenager in India who was attacked with acid in August in what was suspected to be motivated by animosity towards his faith has died of his wounds.

The young man, 16-year-old Nitish Kumar, was on his way to market early in the morning on August 11 when unknown assailants on a passing motorbike poured acid on him.

Nitish and his family converted to Christianity two years ago after being delivered from an unclean spirit, International Christian Concern reports, and had become prominent faith leaders in their community.

Doctors said that the attack burned off 60% of his skin.

He died on September 26 after struggling for forty-six days in the hospital.

“The doctors have tried every possible way to revive Nitish. Every alternative day, the doctors gave one unit of blood and had regular dressing changed on almost the entire body. We hoped that he would bounce back to life, but we know God has His way and time,” a local pastor who has been ministering to Nitish’s family told ICC.

The family says that Nitish had been threatened by local Hindu nationalists, many of whom have been expressing increasing vitriol towards religious minorities in India, where adherents to Hinduism make up the vast majority of the nation’s population.

They say that the teen had been told to give up his Christian faith and even threatened with murder.

ICC notes that to date, no arrests have been made in the horrific attack he suffered that ultimately cost him his life, and his family their son.

Please pray for Nitish’s grieving family and our brothers and sisters in India, many of whom know all too well what it means to truly suffer for the cause of the Cross.

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