(AsiaNews) - Some 40 Hindu radicals attacked some Tribal Christian Rabha in the
village of Deuphani (Assam). After showering them with insults, death threats
and beatings, they forced the victims to abjure their Christian faith.
systematic attacks are no longer tolerable," said Sajan George, president of
the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC). "Christians from the Rabha
tribe live in a climate of terror," he told AsiaNews.
"I call on the authorities to protect your fellow citizens," he said.
Christians, including a woman, suffered serious injuries because of the attack
and had to be hospitalised.
incident began last Friday, when some Hindus met Bhageswar Rabha, a Christian
who had fled Deuphani, and forced him to reconvert to Hinduism.
few hours later, around midnight, a group of 40 of them burst into the home of Manesor
Rabha, a Pentecostal, and dragged him away, his wife Mala, as well as two other
co-religionists, Michael Rabha (pictured)
and Prashanto Rabha.
outside, the attackers began insulting and proffering threats against their
victims, trying to convince them to abjure their Christian faith and sign blank
with the victims' silence, the attackers beat them before taking them back to
Manesor's house where they left them with a warning that they would suffer "terrible
consequences" if they ever filed a complaint with the police.
Sunday morning, Mala, Michael and Prashanto were taken to the Satribari
the attack, two other families (seven people in all) fled the village.
district administration should ensure the safety of these tribal Christians,"
Sajan George said. "Religious freedom is guaranteed under Article 25 of the
Indian constitution, which says that everyone has 'the right freely to profess,
practise and propagate religion.'"