In a bizarre incident in Mumbai, a family buried the body of their teen son, 12 days after he died of Cancer. It is said that the family, especially his father, was holding prayers over the body of the boy in hopes of resurrection. Incidentally, the father of Menshach Nevis is the founder of a religious group.
Menshach Nevis, who was being treated for Cancer in a city hospital, died on October 26. His father, Octavio Nevis, who claims to have miraculous healing powers, began prayers on his son's body, instead of conducting the last rites. According to a Times of India report, the embalmed body was kept in their church opposite to the Nagpada police station and prayers were conducted for over a week till the police intervened. However, the body was then taken to their church in Ambernath. The police arrived and said that if the last rites were not conducted, the family would be booked under the Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and Other Inhuman, Evil and Aghori Practices and Black Magic Act, 2013.
The family then came back to Nagpada on Monday and promised the cops of a burial the next day. Thus, amid cries of "You will come back", the body of the boy was lowered at the Sewree Christian cemetery at around 5:30 pm. Incidentally many of his father's ardent followers gathered from places like Ambernath, Ulhasnagar, Pune and other parts of the state to bid him goodbye. A pastor said, "There are some who had a problem with resurrection. The Bishop and his disciples have been exercising our faith and praying for Meshach to come back. Half the media reports are false." It has also been claimed that Nevis was successful in bringing his son back to life two years ago through resurrection.
In fact, during his brief cremation prayers, Bishop Nevis said, "We are handing him to you and you are the king. Jesus Christ ki jai ho."Meanwhile, the incident has brewed up a debate on the Internet where people are arguing why the bishop did not heal his son from Cancer with his healing powers, instead of attempting to resurrect him.