Community disrupted by brutal attacks and forced conversions

November 13, 2015 by  
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Several Christians were hospitalized after the incident in Chhattisgarh state.Chhattisgarh, November 13, 2015: Hindu hardliners brutally attacked members of the Independent Pentecostal Church in Kohkameta, Chhattisgarh state, causing some to be hospitalized and compelling others to reconvert to Hinduism. Worshippers were dragged out of the church and beaten with sticks. There were victims who became unconscious and required hospitalization, including the pastor.

Others were forced to sign forms indicating that they have renounced Christianity. “They forced believers to sign,” one of the victims stated. “When a believer refused, the villagers began to beat them again.” Two days prior to the incident, which took place on October 25th, the attackers had reportedly conspired to end all Christian activities in the village.

The brutal tactics of the opposing villagers have caused four assaulted families to reluctantly reconvert to Hinduism. Five other believers were reinitiated at a local Hindu temple. Those in the hospital were also forced to sign the forms, even though some were illiterate. The pledge is a court affidavit, which means anyone who violates it could be arrested. Despite being threatened with death if police were told, the assaulted Christians reported the incident to police and the media. When questioned by the authorities, the opposing villagers made their own complaints to police, telling them that the Christians had beaten them and disposed of their gods and goddesses. Previous prayer alerts concerning persecuted followers of Christ in India, as well as informative video reports and testimonies, are available at the India Country Report.

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