» 06/03/2013, 00.00
Tripura: Christian man beheaded for not converting to Hinduism
After he married a tribal girl, her father pressured him to change religion. After a prayer ritual, a shaman performed the murder. His wife now fears for her life and that of their son.
Mumbai (AsiaNews/Agencies) - A 35-year-old
Christian man was beheaded for refusing to convert to Hinduism. Indian media that covered the affair revealed
that the man, Tapas Bin, was killed by his own father-in-law
in the village of Teliamura (West Tripura District), in the north-eastern part of the country, where the victim's
body was found a few days ago in a stream.
According to police, three years ago Bin married Jentuly, the daughter of 55-year-old Gobinda Jamatiya, the member of a local tribal religion.
The Christian man had been a private tutor of
Gobinda's daughter, and the couple had a one-year-old son.
Since the marriage, Gobinda had been pressuring Bin to abandon Christianity
and join his tribal religion. When Bin persistently refused, Gobinda decided to
kill his son-in-law with the help of an ojha (shaman), Krishnapada Jamatiya (no
relation), and dispose of the body.
Police arrested the 42-year-old shaman but were unable to find Gobinda, who
works at the West Tripura Science and Technology Department, and is thought to
be on the run.
Khrishnapada confessed to the crime, providing detailed information about the killing. For example, he said that before
the assassination, Gobinda and he had performed a puja, a
Bin's wife Jentuly told police that her father did not recognise their
marriage and had pressured Bin to convert. What is more, "My father might kill
me and my son too," she said.
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