Christians in Indian village beaten, forced to reconvert to tribal religions

By The Christian Post

An Indian man walks outside a deserted church, as India remains under an unprecedented extended lockdown due to COVID-19 on May 5, 2020, in Delhi, India. | Getty Images/Yawar Nazir

Christian families in a village in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh fled after villagers belonging to a tribal religion ostracized and threatened to kill them if they did not convert back to their ancestral religion, but the 10 Christians who could not flee were beaten and forced to “reconvert,” according to a report.

“The village gathering (last month) threatened to beat us to death if we did not attend the ceremony,” Raidhar Nag, 21, who was among the Christians who fled Chhingur village in Chhattisgarh state’s Bastar District, told Morning Star News. “They stopped us from fetching water from the village well, obtaining the free government ration or even working in our own fields.”

Nag added that while his family and a few others fled the village on March 10, four Christian families decided to hide inside the village. But they were tracked down, beaten and forced to recant their faith and worship tribal deities in a ceremony.

“They took them along and forcibly sprinkled some water on them as per the tradition and made them worship the tribal deities,” Nag said of the ceremony.

Source:The Christian Post