After being attacked by Hindu radicals, Christians in eastern India have been forced into an “agreement” by police and radicals to halt worship services. Attacks on Christians and their places of worship have continued to increase in both number and intensity in India. Many cite the current government inability or unwillingness to confront Hindu radicals attacking religious minorities with impunity. Attacks followed by “agreements” to stop Christian worship is common in India, but goes against the country’s constitution where Article 25 gives all citizens the right to full religious freedom.
07/28/2017 India (Alabama Baptist) – After an attack in eastern India in which a Christian was seriously injured, police and Hindus created an “agreement” — without the participation of church members — effectively halting worship services, sources said.
Church members were bullied into signing the agreement, according to Morning Star News. As a result, in the tribal village of Abasing in Gajapati District, Odisha state, Sunday worship services have ceased following the June 18 attack on a worship service by a mob of Hindu women, a church leader said.
About 30 Hindu women entered the house where the congregation had been worshipping for six months, broke into front and back entrances and dragged the 12 Christians present out, he said.
Four Christians who were injured were temporarily detained and forced to sign the document.