Assam: Three Christians attacked & hospitalised *Assam: Christians are being forcibly converted back to Hinduism

June 16, 2012 by  
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Assam, June 11, 2012: Systematic Persecution of Christians has started again in Assam. Cases of Christians fleeing from their houses and seeking shelter with their relatives in other villages and districts are on the increase in some of the villages of Assam. A serious attack on Christians by an armed group of 40 Hindu fanatics took place in Deupani Village of Narayanpur coming under the South Kamrup District in Assam on the night of 9th June, 2012 and three Chriatians were seriously injured.

Manesor Rabha was taking shelter in a brother’s house afraid of being forced to reconvert himself to Hinduism along with his family members. Michael Rabha and Prashanto Rabha, strong believers, volunteered to guard his house. But on the midnight of 9th June, 2012, about 40 armed miscreants barged into Manesor Rabha’s house and took Michael Rabha, Prashanto Rabha and Manesor Rabha’s wife Mala Rabha to the village club house, where they were interrogated, vilified, and asked to denounce Jesus, and forced to sign blank papers. When the three did not respond to their interrogators, Michael and Prashanto were kicked, boxed and beaten black and blue. Michael was hit on the left eye with a large battery torch light causing grievous wounds. Prashanto was barely breathing. Mala Rabha was also not spared. They were again forced to return to Manesor Rabha’s house and were threatened with dire consequences if the reported the matter to the police.

All the three were admitted to Satribari Christian Hospital in Assam with serious wounds and complications on June 10th morning. Two other families comprising of seven members have also fled from the village. Pastor Sapan Islary and his wife are doing their best to keep up the morale among the members of the frightened Christian families of Kulsi Balijuri, Salbari, Baganpara, Deupani, Narayanpur and other places in South Kamrup District of Assam.


Assam: Christians are being forcibly converted back to Hinduism


Assam, June 11, 2012: Bhageswar Rabha, who belongs to the Rabha Plain Tribe of Assam, was forced to return to Deupani Village in South Kamrup along with his family by the marauding groups of hecklers and forcibly reconverted to Hinduism on 8th June, 2012. Believers of the Rabha Tribe are being systematically herded, terrorized, beaten and thrown out of their homes and their betel and fruit trees slashed down, their houses razed to the ground, the stored grains and other household goods including bicycles, cattle and poultry looted.

The tragedy becomes still worse as the very Gram Sabhas were being called in which hate speeches made by the Hindu fanatics inciting the Hindus villagers to take oaths that no Christians would be allowed to enter or remain in their homes in the villages. The mortally frightened Christians were forced to renounce their religion and forget about Jesus. Some of these helpless believers who are victims to these atrocities are – Durgeswar Rabha (Deupani), Bhageswar Rabha (Deupani), Rana Rabha ( Deupani), Bharat Rabha (Narayanpur), Srimanto Rabha, Batiram Rabha, Matiram Rabha, Jyotish Rabha, Rubul Rabha, Prayerful Rabha. All these were forcibly reconverted to Hinduism.

On the 8th of June 2012 with threats to their very lives. Complaint was lodged about the incident to the concerned local police station. The Inspector in charge of the police station visited the village along with some constables and conducted an inquiry. The police have also filed an F.I.R. in this regard.

Church leaders have also approached the District Administration for help and support. A Peace Committee has been formed but the crowd does not allow any of the believers to come forward and speak out and depose before the District Magistrate about the atrocities against them. The crowd also supposed to have vehemently opposed Christianity to be preached in their villages or allow entry of any Christians into their villages. Frightened of their lives, most of the believers have sought refuge in different parts of the district. It is also learnt that there are sporadic instances of intimidation and forcefully preventing the teachings of Christ, and unleashing hatred and violence
against the peace-loving and suffering Christians in different parts of Assam.


Seminar on religion freedom and Human Trafficking at Guwahati

December 14, 2011 by  
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Stop Violence against Christians in indiaAssam, December 13, 2011: All India Christian Council (aicc) conducted a seminar on religious freedom and human trafficking at Guwahati, Assam today. Over sixty key Christian leaders from various denominations, mission organizations and communities participated. A chapter for the state of Assam was setup to monitor religious persecution and human trafficking challenges within the state.

The delegates testified during the open discussion that Christian minorities in Assam are facing severe persecution in the villages. Their complaints are denied by local authorities. The local chapter will network to address the problem of religious persecution in the state.

It is also learnt that the Assam government has not made known to minority communities about Prime Minister’s New 15 Point Program for Welfare of the minorities. Prime Minister’s New 15 Point Program has not benefited any minority Christian in the state of Assam.

Advocate Atungo Shitri, secretary, Peace and Justice of Council of Baptist Churches in North East India spoke on fundamental rights and religious freedom, as provided in the Indian constitution. He said, “Every Indian citizen has rights to profess and propagate any religion of choice anywhere in India. Anyone violating the fundamental rights must be brought under law of the land.”

Rev. Madhu Chandra, regional secretary and spokesperson of North East Support Centre & Helpline took two sessions on the PM’s New 15 Point Programs for Welfare of Minorities, North East Migration and Challenges of Human Trafficking in mega cities.

“50 lakhs of North East Indians are expected to migrate to mega cities of India in next five years due to the lack of higher education infrastructure development in North East region. Thousands of them will land in the hands of human trafficking agents,” he said.

“It is high time the North East state governments addressed this challenge. The challenges of human trafficking in the NE region will become rampant when India’s “Look East Policy” opens the Integrated International Check Gate on the Indo-Burma border. It will become a hub of exit and entry for human trafficking in the South Asian region,” Madhu Chandra concluded.

The seminar ended with a resolution to compile a report on religious persecution in the state of Assam over the last five years and submit a report to the National Commission for Minorities, with copies to the state governor, chief minister and human rights commission.

Catholic volunteers impress jail officials

June 7, 2011 by  
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I was in prison & you came to visit me - Mt. 25:36A senior official at a jail in the northeast of the country says he would join the Catholic prison ministry after seeing the “benevolent” work of its volunteers.

“What prison ministry volunteers do is quite bold and I appreciate their benevolence,” says P. K. Saikia, superintendent of Guwahati’s federal prison.

He told a group of visiting prison ministry volunteers that he only came to realize how much they worked for prisoners’ welfare last January when they invited him to address their regional meeting.

Saikia said it gave him the opportunity to read the ministry’s aims and objectives.

Convinced of the volunteers’ impact on prisoners, he sought permission from the Inspector General of Assam for the volunteers to visit the prison four times a month instead of just once.

Saikia said he would like to join the prison ministry after his retirement and give the movement a boost in northeastern India.

“I am sure the ministry can also do well in other states in the region, he added.

Saikia said his current task is “very different” and tough as Guwahati prison houses top terrorist leaders as well as petty thieves.

He said frequent visits would help volunteers understand prisoners better.

“If we take steps according to the needs of the inmates we will be able to reach our desired goal,” added Saikia, who has spent 30 years as a prison official.

He says only around 200 of the 783 convicts in Guwahati prison are truly criminal at heart. “Others are forced into crime. Money can do anything,” he lamented.


Assam, Manja: Christians part of agitation for Hidim Teron Bridge

May 17, 2011 by  
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Assam, Manja: Christians part of agitation for Hidim Teron Bridge

Assam, Manja: Christians part of agitation for Hidim Teron Bridge

The Manja Hidim Teron Village Bridge is a life line for 35 villages; more than 2000 children alone go to schools and colleges besides a number of people. The bridge is reported to be under construction for the last 20 years, in this belt where the Church is active in the peoples’s struggle & provides leadership. The villagers are completely cut off from the rest of the world when the temporary bamboo bridge gets washed off during rainy seasons. Among all the villages, the villages which come under Hidim Teron area are the most effected ones. Those representing the cause have submitted a memorandum on 9th May, 2011 stating that an indefinite hunger strike, would be undertaken, if the problem is not redressed.

In 2008, the Manja Welfare Society (MWS), Manja Students Forum and Manja Youth Forum were formed for the speedy construction of the bridge. Memorandums were submitted and the Forums also took up non-violent protests at Manja. Repeatedly in 2009 & 2010 did the same, but to no avail. The forums also filed an RTI regarding the bridge construction at Hidim Teron village, but received no reply and no information. On 28th September 2010 for two hours, a national highway blockade was organized to press for the demand After the September 28 incident, the temporary bridge was built but without proper foundation. It is sure to collapse when the monsoons start and the peoples’ demand of a permanent bridge remains unfulfilled.

Please Pray:

The newly elected government representatives, especially the CM and concerned MLAs will be sensitive to the needs of the electorate. Pray that the bureaucrats and those administration officials, responsible to get the bridge ready, will act in haste and avoid a confrontation with those affected. Pray for the Forums that they act wisely and protest in a non-violent legitimate manner.

Please Protest:
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Shri. Tarun Gogoi, Chief Minister, Assam
Guest House No.1, Khanapara, Guwahati.
Residence: Nazir Ali, P.O.- Jorhat-785 001, Assam
Tel: 0361 2262222 / 2266188 / 2262781 (Off) /
0361 2621085 / 2266112 (Res)
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