The persecution of Christians in India is not a new subject. St.Thomas, the disciple of Jesus Christ was the first Christian Martyr in the Indian subcontinent and the series continues to this day as the Christians of this subcontinent still suffer on a daily basis.
Recently in Odisha, the north-eastern state of India, a Christian was severely beaten by a mob for holding a Christian prayer gathering in his home.
On 11th March 2020, Kama Sodi and his wife Bima held a prayer meeting in their home and invited a Pastor to lead them in prayer with 20 other local residents of the village in Malkangiri, Odisha.
As they were in the prayer session, the local Villagers broke into Sodi’s home and forced them to stop the prayer meeting immediately. Due to the threats and fears, the prayer was stopped and Pastor fled from the Village.
On the same evening, dozens of Hindu residents of the village attacked the house of Sodi and destroyed his house and beat him with sticks. According to the reports, Sodi, was almost beaten to death as his wife Bima protected their two small children, aged 3 and 6. They were furtherly forced to recant their Christian Faith. The couple refused to deny their faith in Jesus and said that they would prefer to die as Christian. The local Christians helped Sodi to take him to the hospital where he stayed for a week. The local pastor also tried to help the family to file a police report. However, the police refused to take any action against the assailants.