Organization Reports Series of Attacks on Christians in Central India

06/05/2020 India (International Christian Concern) – According to Barnabas Fund, a series of anti-Christian incidents, perpetrated by radical Hindu nationalists, have taken place in India’s Chhattisgarh state in recent months. This includes violent assaults, threats, fines, and the prevention of several Christian burials.

In separate incidents, three Christian families from the Bastar and Dantewade district were forced to pay restitution by radicals before the were allowed to bury their deceased loved ones. The restitution was charged to these Christian families because the burials did not follow the “religious rituals of the village”.

The Alliance Defending Freedom India Trust said, “It is a terrible and unimaginable thing to be denied an opportunity to grieve the loss of a loved one with dignity. [We have] reported 15 similar cases in the [last] year.

In April, six other incidents of violence against Christians were reported in Chhattisgarh during the COVID-19 lockdown. In the majority of these incidents, physical attacks against Christians were reported after Christians refused to take part in local religious rituals.

In one incident, Christians in Mendoli village were assaulted and the clothes of a Christian woman were torn off to forcefully perform a sanctification ritual. Later, the mob demanded a fine of 5,000 rupees ($66.00 USD) and threatened to kill the Christians if they informed the police.

In another incident, a young Christian woman was shot after she received death threats if she continued to spread the Gospel. In 2015, religious extremists shot and killed the victim’s father after due to his involvement in missionary work.

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