The son of former Hindu converts to Christianity suffered burns over 60% of his body after being targeted in what was suspected to be an anti-Christian attack.
Nitish Kumar, who is active in his community and holds regular prayer meetings with his brother, was attacked on his way to the market early in the morning late August, according to International Christian Concern.
No sooner had he left the family home, he was carried back by several people, covered in burns and screaming.
“It was a horrifying scene of my brother,” his sister, Raja Davabi said. “I started yelling and crying looking at my brother. He was in terrible pain at that point and all that I could do is to share the pain by wrapping him in my hands.”
The local pastor helped rush Nitish to a local clinic, where they administered initial first aid. He was later sent to a specialized burn unit in Patna.
ICC notes that although the motivation for the attack is unknown, it is suspected to have been the work of local anti-Christian activists in Nitish’s village.
A pastor who requested his name be withheld told ICC that the attack has “just terrified the Christian community in the region.”
“There has been increased anti-Christian sentiment, and attacks against Christians in the district are increasing, and these attacks are becoming more brutal, just like what happened to Nitish Kumar,” he explained.
Nitish’s father, Bhakil Das, told ICC that the family has been following Christ for two years after being delivered from an evil spirit.
Nitish and his brother, Sanjith Kumar, became very active in the local church and led groups in their home, attended regularly by 25 people.
“I don’t understand why this happened to my son and who might have done it, we didn’t do any harm to anybody in our village or anywhere else. My heart pains when I see my son,” the grieved father told ICC, breaking down in tears.
ICC urged the church to pray Nitish and his family, as well as those who have suffered similar attacks.
“Lastly, please pray for those who persecute the church, that they would experience the true healing and joy that comes with accepting Jesus as Lord,” they also added.
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