A village chief led a mob of 250 against Christians who refused to give up their faith in Christ. During a prayer meeting, Hindu nationalists broke into a house-church accusing the Pentecostal pastor of engaging in conversion activities. The Global Council of Indian Christians asks: “Are we second-class citizens?”
Bhopal (AsiaNews) – Eleven Christians were recently attacked and beaten in Adnadhi, a village in Madhya Pradesh.
According to International Christian Concern, a mob of about 250 people, led by the village head, attacked the group of Christians because they refused to give up their faith in Jesus. Christ. Four people sustained serious internal injuries and had to be hospitalised.
According to witness accounts, the village chief summoned the Christians to a place where they were attacked by a mob that had already assembled.
The chief gave the Christians two options: “leave Jesus or leave the village”. When they refused, stones were thrown at them.
Despite complaints, the police did not take action against the attackers.
“The Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) strongly condemns this anti-Christian attack that took place on India’s 74th Independence Day,” said GCIC president Sajan K. George.
“It saddens us that Christians are targeted for their faith. Are we second-class citizens? The constitution guarantees religious freedom. How is it possible that a minority of 2.5 per cent is a threat?” he asks.
The village of Adnadhi is home to 15 families who converted to Christianity about 20 years ago. Although there was some opposition to their conversion at the time, the recent attack came completely out of the blue and left families destroyed, local residents told AsiaNews.
“We have been harassed, intimidated and subjected to threats and violence. It is a shame, a disgrace and a violation of the human rights of Christians,” added Sajan K. George, who showed a video in which far-right militants are seen breaking into a Christian home during a prayer meeting.
The attackers asked the participants for their names. Since they were “Indian” names, the Hindu nationalists accused the Pentecostal pastor of engaging in conversion activities.
“These goons use the anti-conversion law to stalk the Pentecostal community whose members always meet in house-churches,” the GCIC president.
“In India great events are held such as the Kumbh Mela[*], but a small congregation of believers who gather in a house for Christian prayer is threatened and stopped.”
[*] A major Hindu pilgrimage to sacred rivers during which ritual ablutions take place,