Government Locks Down Village, Guards Hospitalized Victims Following Attack
Hindu Extremists Raid Home and Beat Family of Christian Convert
Washington, D.C. (June 21, 2012)—International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on June 9th, forty armed Hindu radicals in South Kamrup District in Assam, India, barged into the home of a convert from Hinduism to Christianity, to forcibly reconvert him. The attack resulted in hospitalizations and chaos in the village. The government has intervened, guarding victims in the hospital and putting the village on lock-down, in an attempt to bring the situation under control.
Hindu radicals broke into the home of Manesor Rabha, a Christian convert from Hinduism. Manesor had been living in hiding, aware that there was a threat on his life for his conversion. His home was being protected by fellow believers, Michael Rabha and Prashanto Rabha. The extremists took the two men, along with Manesor’s wife, Mala, to the village club house, where they were interrogated and told to recant their faith. When they refused, the extremists beat them severely with large flashlights. All three sustained serious injuries, Prashanto left barely breathing, and were taken to Satribari Christian Hospital in Guwahati, Assam.
ICC sources reported on June 17, that the government is providing security to the victims who are being kept in isolation at the hospital for their own protection and are not allowed to see visitors.
Due to the recent violence, Manesor’s village is on government lock down and outsiders have been forbidden to enter. “Christians are being persecuted [in Manesor’s village],” confirmed an ICC source. “Many believers are fleeing from their homes to go to safe places. Their houses were broken into, cattle were stolen, and their belongings were destroyed and/or looted.”
Corey Bailey, ICC Regional Manager for Asia, said, “While we are encouraged that the government is actively working to protect these victims, it is imperative that the perpetrators are brought to justice. Unfortunately, more often than not, the radicals operate with impunity. The persecuted minorities suffer loss of life, livestock and property while the perpetrators are neither arrested nor prosecuted. Unless the Indian government arrests and prosecutes the perpetrators, attacks like this will continue.”
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