India: Hindu extremists attack Christians force them to sign a statement of renouncing Christianity

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Hindu extremists exert pressure on Christians to reconvert to Hinduism.

In keeping with details, there are reports that members of Hindu radical group attacked Christian congregants of a Pentecostal Church in Kohkameta in the state of Chhattisgarh, India. The attack left several Christians injured.

Witnesses say that, the members of Hindu radical group dragged the Christian congregants out of the church and beat them with sticks. At the same time, these Christians were being forced to convert to Hinduism. The Hindu extremists forced other Christian villagers to sign statements which said that they had renounced Christianity.

Fides reports that, according to the Indian Christian Activist Network; this attack was intended to halt all sorts of activities related to Church, and evangelism in the village. On the other hand, in the face of serious death threats, the local Christian villagers who had come under attack filed a police complaint in a nearby police station and reported the incident to media.

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Meanwhile, His Exc. Mgr. Felix Machado, Bishop of Vasai and President of the Office for Ecumenism and Inter-religious Dialogue in the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC), in a note to Fides expressed great apprehension over the incident.

“In India murders, burning of sacred sites, fires of religious institutions occur in the name of an ideology, Hindutva, which is pursuing the project of India as a Hindu nation”, while conversions to other religions are seen as a threat to India’s national integrity and a key factor for the alleged decline of Hinduism.”

“The issue of religious freedom in India has become extremely complex in recent years. Several Indian States have enacted anti-conversion laws, measures which effectively limit religious freedom.”