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The Congolese woman, Bibiche Tshibola Makola, who is a Jehovah’s Witness by faith, was hesitant to have her own blood taken in advance, frozen and re-transfused into her.

BENGALURU: A 39-year-old woman, who was diagnosed with a cardiac ailment, approached a city hospital, stating that she was ready to undergo any treatment, provided there was no blood transfusion involved in it. The Congolese woman, Bibiche Tshibola Makola, who is a Jehovah’s Witness by faith, was hesitant to have her own blood taken in advance, frozen and re-transfused into her. For Jehovah’s witnesses, transfusion of blood is against their religious belief.

After a lot of analysis, surgeons at Fortis Hospital on Bannerghatta Road managed to perform a bloodless open-heart surgery and valve repair. According to doctors, the woman suffered from restrictive cardiomyopathy, where a chamber of the heart is unable to stretch and results in bleeding. The patient came to India for treatment, as many countries and centres refused to carry out the surgery.

Dr Vivek Jawali, Chief Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeon at Fortis Hospitals said, “Makolo had severe restrictive cardiomyopathy, in which there is restrictive filling of the ventricles. With due respect to her religious beliefs, we recommended her to undergo a bloodless surgery.” 

The doctors then sat together and had a peri-operative plan. “We put the patient on a series of medications, including blood conservatives that helped increase her haemoglobin level to 14.8 g/dL. The surgery was conducted using all the blood conservation techniques practised at our unit for all patients , It was successful and no blood transfusion was required during the entire procedure.”

Dr Murali Chakravarthy, Department of Anaesthesia, explained that bloodless surgery is a risky situation and can lead to hemorrhagic shock in the patient. Bibiche’s husband Roger Muamba said, “We were very worried about her treatment. We were very happy with the doctors.”

Jehovah’s Witnesses against blood transfusion
They believe, according to the Bible, that one must not ingest blood, even through transfusion. Under Quebec’s civil code, an adult who is conscious and of sound mind, has the right to either accept or refuse medical treatment.

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      “Stimulating various areas of the brain to have different effects on the body, like touching the motor region results in twitching and touching the speech areas would prevent the patient from speaking briefly. This helped the surgeons navigate through the main affected areas and perform the surgery accordingly,” said Dr Arjun Srivatsa, senior consultant, neurosurgery, Columbia Asia Hospital. During the procedure, doctors engaged Samuel in a conversation.
      Samuel was operated upon to remove a brain tumour that affected areas of speech. Over the past three months, he had been finding it difficult to communicate, often forgetting words or losing his train of thought while talking. His condition worsened with persistent headaches and speech impairment. He was diagnosed with seizure activity in the brain and an MRI confirmed a brain tumour.
      Since he is a Jehovah’s Witness (accepting blood transfusion is prohibited), it complicated the surgery further.
      The three-hour surgery had no post-operative complications. Samuel is now able to communicate without any difficulty, said Srivatsa.  

      Samuel with Dr Arjun Srivatsa

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      Two far-right Hindu groups filed a complaint against the Witnesses. Leaflets encouraging conversions to their beliefs were found in a car. For Christian leader, "India is a secular nation” and “the Constitution guarantees freedom of religion."
       
      Speaking to AsiaNews, Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), condemned the arrests. He said that the Jehovah’s Witnesses "were stopped as they handed out religious tracts house to house,” noting that “the distribution of Christian religious material is neither illegal nor criminal."
      The incident occurred in Manikallu, Udupi district, scene in recent years of several attacks by Hindu radicals against Christians.
      Members of two nationalist groups, the Bhramari Yuvaka Mandal and Hindu Jagran Vedike, alerted police in Kota of the presence of Jehovah’s Witnesses, saying they were converting people by force.
      The police rushed to the village and took six Witnesses into custody, on charges of religious propaganda. Leaflets inciting people to convert were found inside a car.
      Sajan K George rejects the charges against the Christians, and slams the police, "which leans towards the local extreme right-wing groups and charges Christians and others on false charges."
      "India is a secular nation,” he reiterated, “and Article 25 of the Constitution guarantees the free profession, practice and propagation of religion." (NC)

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      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  in  Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  are looking to overturn a recent Supreme Court ruling requiring movie theatres to play the country’s national anthem before every film, and audience members to stand for the anthem,  Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. The sect’s members believe the singing of national anthems constitutes an act of unfaithfulness towards god, according to the official Jehovah’s Witnesses website.
      The Indian Express reports that a U.S.-based lawyer is working to help file an application seeking to overturn the apex court’s ruling.
      On Nov. 30, 2016, the Supreme Court of India 
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  that audience members in movie theatres must stand for a rendition of the national anthem accompanied by images of the Indian flag, “to show respect for the national anthem and the national flag.” The ruling was made after a petition by a 78-year-old citizen who said he was rebuked by moviegoers sitting behind him in a theatre 16 years ago, after he decided to stand when the national anthem was played as part of a scene in a 
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. movie. It comes just over three months after a disabled man was allegedly harassed in a movie theatre in the Indian state of Goa because he didn’t stand up while the national anthem was being played, as 
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. The order appears to overturn a 1986 decision in which the Supreme Court ruled in favour of Jehovah’s Witnesses’ freedom to not partake in anthem singing.
      “Jehovah’s Witnesses are happy to have had a part in contributing to the constitutional freedoms of all citizens in India,” reads 
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  on the evangelical group’s website detailing the 1986 ruling. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.
       
       
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      PANAJI: The build up to the elections, the hullabaloo on polling day and the much-awaited results on counting day mean nothing for the 600-odd members of the Christian sect Jehovah's Witnesses in Goa. Just like their counterparts in other countries and "like the first century- Christians", JW members choose to maintain political neutrality for religious reasons."There are no restrictions on us and our individual decisions," one member said, adding, "The Bible says we must obey God rather than man. Whether to obey God or not is our own decision."
       
      A 62-year-old member from Margao, on the condition of anonymity, said he was introduced to the sect as a child when his entire family joined. He told TOI that he has never voted for any political party or candidate in any election. "If one's conscience allows then they may vote but this is generally not done. We have voting cards and follow all the rules and regulations of the government, no matter which government is in power, but we don't take active part in the political process," he said, adding that the sect doesn't raise any slogans against the government either.Explaining the belief, he said, "We're citizens of God's kingdom and although we are in this world we are not part of this world. The world is full of corruption but we're not involved in it. This kingdom belongs to Satan. We're purely looking for God's kingdom to come when peace and security will be there."
      Members also consider bowing to a flag or saluting it in conjunction with an anthem to be non-scriptural as they do accepting blood transfusion.According to the Christian breakaway group, there are 44,000-odd members (witnesses) divided into 600-odd congregations in the country. In Goa, the group has its presence in Margao, Vasco, Panaji, Mapusa and Siolim where regular meetings are held in English, Konkani and Hindi at premises known as Kingdom Halls of JW and at rented premises.

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      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. The OP letter would appear to be a re-hash from one sent out in March 2016:
      Letter - March 21, 2016: 
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Which itself appears to be a re-hash from one sent out in December 2013:
      Letter - December 2, 2013: Re: To all Congregations who have Indian citizens as members (
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) Why has this been needed?
      Because over the last couple of years there must have been a phenomenal growth of thousands-upon-thousands of Indian ex-pats from around the world becoming JWs - so the GB was re-issued these letters to show all these new JWs how they are uniquely positioned to be able to help spread the 'good news' back home in India 
       
      Another reason for this- In 2001, the Bombay High Court prohibited the Indian Branch Office to receive foreign contributions. This happened when the Indian Branch Office was about to complete the construction of its mega branch complex in Bangalore where most of the funds in disposal was invested for the construction. With almost no funds with them, Indian office pulled the plug on the special pioneer work and layed off many bethelites. 
      The Indian branch office was about to plug off the construction work, however the GB asked them to go ahead with the work and complete the relocation. The branch was constructed and relocated and the branch office was left with practically zero funds. Local individuals chipped in whatever they could and the work continued. Since foreign contributions are still prohibited, indian citizens who moved and settled abroad send in their contributions through the website mentioned. Same applies to expats who convert to JW's and want to send in their money to India. 
      Enjoy!
       
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      Nun travels 3 hours to the regional assembly in India and when over declared “This is the truth!”
       
       
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      Triste noticia acerca de nuestra asamblea en Delhi: "Tuvimos nuestro primer día de la asamblea hindi hoy, el ambiente estuvo  pacífico.Sin embargo, la asamblea de dos días en Delhi ha sido cancelada por la Sucursal ya que hay un disturbio comunal que estalló en Delhi. Casi 30 personas han sido asesinadas por una turba violenta, unos 1,000 hermanos están atrapados en la ciudad de Delhi pues vinieron de otros estados para asistir a la asamblea ... por favor téngannos en sus oraciones ... "
      Así que mantengamos estos queridos Hermanos en nuestras oraciones!   
       

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      Don't Give Up Convention in Visakhapatnam, India - Baptisms- They found the "Joy of Jehovah!"

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      Meerut: Bajrang Dal members here allegedly assaulted two men, accusing them of offering Rs 5 lakh to a resident for getting people to convert to Christianity. Police later arrested the assault victims.

      The incident occurred at Vikas Enclave Colony under Kankerkheda police station where, according to Bajrang Dal members, two men approached a resident, Pawan Gupta, and asked him to arrange for religious meetings where “Christianity would be promoted”.

      Bajrang Dal Meerut province convenor Balraj Dungar said, “Soon after getting this information, we reached the spot and caught hold of the two men. We found that they were targeting Hindu families at periods of the day when the men of the households would be away at work, such as in the mornings. The two men would then target women for conversion. The allegation that we physically assaulted them is false. We only took them to the police station where, after investigation, an FIR was filed against them. Luring someone into another religion with the promise of money has always been one of the tactics of missionaries. We will not allow this to happen at any cost.”
      According to locals, two men in their mid-thirties — Jatin Joseph, a resident of Garh Road, Meerut and Shirish Shinde, a resident of Mumbai — had approached residents of Vikas Enclave some time earlier.

      “They came to my house and said they wanted to share the good news about Christ and also asked if I could arrange some of my neighbours to have religious sessions with them, and inform them about the teachings of Christ. When I asked them what I would gain from this, they said I would get Rs 5 lakh if I organized five sessions for them and brought some people to Christ,” said Pawan Gupta, the complainant in the case.
      Mahesh Chand, senior sub inspector at Kankerkhera police station told TOI, “On the basis of the complaint by Gupta, an FIR has been filed under section 295 A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion) of the IPC. The two men have been arrested.”

      Joseph and Shinde admitted they were propagating Christianity, but denied charges of using monetary inducements for this. Joseph, who is in police custody, said, “We belong to the Jehovah’s Witnesses denomination. It is not wrong to propagate one’s religion as it is within the ambit of the law, but the charge that we were converting locals or offering money is completely false.”

      Meanwhile, a Meerut-based Christian organisation has criticised the action against the two men. State president of Isaai Mahasabha, Robin Nath said, “We strongly condemn the assault on the two men by Bajrang Dal activists. An FIR must be filed against those who beat the men. The allegation that the two had promised Rs 5 lakh is entirely concocted. This is a huge amount and no organisation can dole out such kind of money. Besides, no conversion took place and yet police filed the FIR without even going into the details.”

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