A Christian widow beaten up for taking water from public well in Jharkhand, India

  August 2, 2014

  Deoghar, Jharkhand

  Intimidation, Threats and Harassment, Physical assault

On August 2, 2014, a Christian widow was beaten by local villagers for taking water from the public well in Jasadih Village, Deoghar. Shrimati Diya (name changed) who had recently started coming to Church was ostracized by the villagers for becoming a Christian along with other believers. The villagers had issued a warning to all Christians in the village to refrain from using the water from the common tube well. Upon hearing about the incident, the village chief defended the Christians and said, ” All have the right to take water from public well and no one should be stopped”. The incident was averted and no report has been filed.

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