Christian Families in Central India Beaten After Refusing to Renounce Faith
05/14/2020 India (International Christian Concern) – According to Morning Star News, five Christian families in India’s Chhattisgarh state were beaten by fellow villagers after they refused renounce their Christian faith. The families were also told that they would lose their harvest lands for refusing to return to the village’s tribal religion.
On May 5, five Christian families from Salhephal village, located in the Bastar District, were summoned to a meeting with village leaders. When they arrived, they found the elders of the village estimating the values of their lands, Morning Star News reported.
“The village leaders told the Christians, ‘You are not partaking in our tribal rituals, and so we cannot allow you to profit from your agricultural lands,’” Pastor Sirisguda Ramdhar told Morning Star News.
When the Christians responded to this, the elders became angry and attacked two of the Christians. Then a mob of at least 60 people came and began “clamoring” for the Christians to renounce their faith, Morning Star News reported.
“When the Christians refused, they abused them in extremely vulgar language and started beating them,” Pastor Ramdhar told Morning Star News. “The mob was very furious and did not spare even the women. They stoned Madda Poyami, injuring him on his head and knee.”
The injured Christians were taken to a hospital in the city of Jangdalpur to receive medical treatment. There, a Christian lawyer from the Alliance Defending Freedom India met with the victims and is helping file a complaint against the village elders and the mob.
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