Man Died After He Was Forced to Spend the Night in a Cold Pond for Refusing to Deny Christ

Christians in India are suffering brutal persecution. Many of those are turning back to their ancient religion.

By Nancy Flory Published on February 17, 2017

A Christian couple was forced to spend the night in a frigid pond after they refused to deny Christ; the man has now died.

Bartu Urawn and his wife from Jharkhand state, India, were forced to spend 17 hours up to their necks in the pond with their hands tied as punishment for leaving their indigenous faith, reported Morning Star News. Bartu became ill and sustained nerve damage.

Beneswar Urawn, the couple’s son, witnessed the punishment along with some villagers. “All through the night, they were in the cold water shivering, and I along with 15 to 20 villagers were witness to the brutality,” said Beneswar. “The villagers kept asking my father if he is ready to forsake Christ and return to the Sarna fold. He reiterated every time, ‘I will not deny Christ … I will continue to believe till my last breath.'”

After the couple was pulled from the water, the villagers hit them and tried to get them to deny Christ. Both became ill, but Bartu’s wife recovered while he did not. Bartu died on January 20, 2017. Villagers stood watch over his body and refused to allow the family to bury him. The next day, Beneswar and four others were able to get Bartu’s body and carry it six miles, where they were able to bury him on government land.

The punishment came after years of persecution for Bartu Urawn and his wife, Beneswar Urawn and his wife and Beneswar’s younger brother. The villagers practice Sarna Dharam, which demands blood sacrifice and ritualistic services. Before the torture, the villagers forced Bartu to attend one of their services and forced some of the sacrifice down his throat and made him drink a fermented liquor, Beneswar told Morning Star News. The villagers had also persecuted Beneswar, his wife and Beneswar’s younger brother by locking them in their house for hours and polluting their drinking water source.

Nine families also accepted Jesus when the Urawn family did 10 years ago. Seven have since returned to the indigenous religion after they were persecuted for their faith. The Urawns have remained faithful.

Open Doors ranked India as 15th on a list of countries where Christians experience persecution for their faith.

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  • Autrey Windle

    This story should be told to every person in this country, especially those hollyweird types who think insulting and harrassing Christians is just harmless saturday night fun. No, we aren’t tortured or threatened with death yet, but many in this country find almost nothing wrong with these horrendous actions. It is time we assess what kind of believers we are in the U.S. Are we willing to stand for God and Jesus in the face of actual torture and death for refusing to recant? It may be time to answer the question for each of us and prepare ourselves by shoring up our faith so we know where we stand without question. Are we with the 3 who stood their faith ground or part of the 7 who ran away to protect their flesh. It is a question we should answer in honor of the many who are dying to show us how to live courageously. God Bless our brothers and sisters in the rest of this insane world where the enemy is rampaging. In Jesus name AMEN.

  • LYoung

    ‘ Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when men shall revile you and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be excieeding glad: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.’
    –Matthew 4:10-12
    Only a true believer will understand this and knows he or she will be given supernatural strength to endure this kind of death. Bartu joins our faithful Lord in glory and the great cloud of witnesses. What a glorious story and may many believe in Christ because of his witness unto death. May God comfort and heal his wife. Most of us in Western Christianity have not yet known this kind of persecution.

  • Mo86

    If and when my time comes, I hope I am that strong! It is my greatest fear that I may weaken and deny Christ under such a test.

    • Billy Chickens

      God would give you the grace to endure it. At the moment you do not need this particular grace, but do not fear. If that time ever came (God forbid) He would give you the grace you need at that time to endure whatever you might have to face.

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