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Hindu villagers attacked four Christian families in India’s Utter Pradesh state, forced them to join Hindu religious rituals, and then denied the Christian families access to water for their crops. When the Christians refused, the villagers targeted additional Christians. After those Christians refused and lodged a complaint with the police, the Hindu villagers followed the Christians to the police stations and accused the Christians of forced conversions. Such an accusation would justify their behavior. Currently, these Christian families have no access to water and they are wondering how they will survive.    

 

06/19/2017 India (Morning Star News) – Villagers in Uttar Pradesh state, India beat Christians, forced them to participate in Hindu rituals and have refused to provide them water, sources said.

 

Four families who were attacked in Jalalabad village, Ghazipur District rely on the water to irrigate their fields, they said.

 

“How will we survive if we don’t grow our crops?” Sasikala Kumari asked Morning Star News, noting that the village head and police have allowed the Hindus to cut off the Christians water supply. “They have all joined together and are conspiring against us.”

 

Hindu villagers on April 25 beat with sticks Manoj Kumar, his wife Pushpa Kumari and three other Christian couples, including Sasikala Kumari and her husband Ramkreet Ram – and accused them of forcibly converting Hindus to Christianity.

 

“The mob supported by the village president forced us to drink gangajal [water from the Ganges River, considered holy), eat tulsi [basil considered holy] leaves and declare that we deny Christ,” Pushpa Kumari told Morning Star News. “When we resisted, the men and women of the village beat us even more severely.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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