Tortured for Jesus: kids were abused in Christian shelters

Tortured for Jesus: kids were abused in Christian shelters

Thirty children, all from poor familes, have been removed by police from two homes run by the Emmanuel Seva Group in Greater Noida and Meerut.

According to this report, one of the rescued kids – a boy aged 9 – alleged that he was forced to convert to Christianity, hung by the wrists from a ceiling fan, starved for days and beaten mercilessly for failing to recite Bible passages.

The child, who along with his younger sister and brother had been confined to the home for three years, said their stay was like a “jail term”.

I was allowed to meet my parents once a month for only 15 minutes. The only thing I was taught was the Bible. They forced me to memorise its passages.

They gave us good clothes whenever visitors came. They made us stand in line and recite Bible passages. Once the guests left, the shelter in-charge snatched away our clothes, sweets and gifts and we were back in rags again.

His 11-year-old sister said the children were forced to sleep on a dirty floor that was littered with rodent droppings.

They never allowed us to step outside. We were not given food for three days at a stretch if we forgot a Bible passage.

Police investigator Ashwani Kumar said that a case was registered at the Bisrakh police station following the raid.

The children complained they were tortured and beaten up for not following the orders of the caretakers. We are investigating whether the organisation had permission to run a shelter home.

Three persons, including the caretaker of the shelter home, have been detained and are being questioned. We are investigating the claims of the rescued children.

Their mother, whose complaint to a children’s helpline led to the raids, said she was approached by one Josua Devraj at a Delhi hospital around three years ago.

He said he will raise my children. He forced us to circulate pamphlets and copies of the Bible in public places but never paid us.

The woman said that, after the raid, the shelter’s employees came to her house and threatened to take her three children back.

They pelted stones at our house and beat us up with batons. They fled when the neighbours gathered.

The first raid took place at a shelter at the Naya Haibatpur village in Bisrakh area. Seven children were kept there in squalid conditions. The children were also found to be malnourished. A subsequent raid was conducted at the shelter home of the same organisation in Meerut from where 23 children were rescued.

Children revealed that they were being served cockroach-infested food and were forced to live in a substandard condition. Most of them are malnourished and sick. They need proper medication and care. The authorities are in talks with their family members, and they will be sent back to their homes soon.

Ironically, the Immanuel Seva Group India says on its website:

The objective of this organization is to work with [underprivileged] children and help them to be part of the society by assisting them in their needs like education, health and to provide them with clothes, meals, physical care and support. Work is carried out in the various underdeveloped areas and slums of Delhi, NCR & other North Indian region.

When contacted, accused Joshua Devraj accepted that a raid was conducted at his shelter homes but refused to comment on the issue.

Yes, raids were conducted but I can’t tell you much about it. I will comment on this issue later.

7 responses to “Tortured for Jesus: kids were abused in Christian shelters”

  1. L.Long says:

    And this is a surprise!?!? But I suppose so as there is not a lot of history written on xtian treatment of AmerIndians or Hawaiians. I see there awful treatment to be no different. Too many think xtian=good when in fact any religion=evil. They should ALL be examined in detail all the time to see what they do as opposed to what they claim to do.

  2. Gerald says:

    That’s bad enough but maybe this tops it …

    This is what religion does. Anymore proof necessary?

  3. Trevor Blake says:

    Something like this has never happened before and now that the public is aware of what has happened, it will never happen again.


    No. It will happen for thousands more years, as it has happened for thousands of years. It takes two things to make this happen. First, a small number of abusers. Second, billions of “good Christians” (and “good Muslims” and “good Jews” and etc.) who never seem to get around to cleaning their own house.

    That is why it is appropriate to criticize the “good Christians” (etc) as much or more than the traditional (ie abuser) Christians. Without a flock to hide in, the wolves would starve.

    Religion is the true name for child abuse and child rape.

  4. harrynutsak says:

    Is it to be wondered, then, that these brainwashed people will fight tooth and nail to avoid being caught by simply doing two things:

    1. Always oppose anything that might lead to their twisted sickness being found out, i.e. heavy-duty mental health screenings for everyone or anything in that line…

    2. Scream bloody murder about religious freedom and privacy:
    …so they can commit any crime behind closed doors, especially religious doors.

  5. barriejohn says:

    Religion has its own warped morality. “This life” isn’t what matters; it is “Eternity” that matters. Only God can judge, and he sees things differently to us. All things are working towards some divine end in ways which we cannot comprehend. God is using all our experiences to teach us “eternal truths”, and valuable lessons in our life, or even to discipline us. After all, the Bible tells us that it is a loving father who chastises his children! Only when we die will we fully understand all the injustices of life, and why they were necessary. Then, everything will be “put right” (“Shall not the judge of all the earth do right?”). With this sort of “logic” there is no point those who have been abused expecting redress from Mother Church.

  6. Skeptical1 says:

    There’s a saying in Africa: “They gave us a bible and took our land”. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

    A healthy skepticism is the only defense; that and a large rotten tomato lofted at an pious evangelical hypocrite.