Four Christian families narrowly escaped being burned alive in their Bangladesh homes after being accused of witchcraft.
Christian Today reports that the families had endured accusations from Muslims that they were practicing witchcraft for over a year. The Muslims also threw bricks at the families’ houses and told them to leave the village.
"They wanted to kill us by burning us alive, but we managed to escape. We have lost everything," said Ramni Das who lost two houses in the attack. Neighbors helped the families escape their burning homes.
Das reported the attacks to police, but no action has been taken to bring the attackers to justice, although police claim to be investigating the case.
"The suspects ... have fled the area. We are helping to mediate for compensation," said Dinabandhu Nath, a local police officer.
"We are trying to resolve the matter without the need of a court case, so that Hindus, Muslims and Christians can live peacefully in the future,” said Abdul Hossain, chairman of the Union Council, a local government body.
Christian Today reports that the local church is currently helping the families by providing necessities and seeking legal aid.
Publication date: November 10, 2015